Tuesday, February 16, 2016

I Wanted Wings (1941)

Academy Awards, USA 1942

Best Effects, Special Effects
Farciot Edouart (photographic)
Gordon Jennings (photographic)
Louis Mesenkop (sound)

Paramount Pictures
Directed by Mitchell Leisen
My rating: 2 stars out of 4

Typical "training school" plot where new recruits are taught how to fly for the military, some making it and others washing out. Veronica Lake is a sultry nightclub singer that gains the attention of a young William Holden one weekend. Unfortunately the plot takes a steep turn into melodrama when Lake pretends to be pregnant, gets married to the wrong guy and claims to be wanted for murder. A trial sorts it all out at the end, but you probably won't care. The miniature model work is quite impressive for the time.

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