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This film won an AcademyAward for Best Visual Effects in 1941 and was based on Bernie Lay Jr's book of the same name.

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This film won an AcademyAward UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for Best Visual Effects in 1941 and was based on Bernie Lay Jr's book of the same name.


''I Wanted Wings'' (1941) is a drama from Creator/{{Paramount}} directed by Mitchell Leisen, starring Creator/RayMilland, Creator/WilliamHolden, and in her first feature role, Creator/VeronicaLake.

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''I Wanted Wings'' (1941) is a drama from Creator/{{Paramount}} directed by Mitchell Leisen, Creator/MitchellLeisen, starring Creator/RayMilland, Creator/WilliamHolden, and in her first feature role, Creator/VeronicaLake.


* GoldDigger: Sally is only after Jeff because he’s rich and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants.

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* GoldDigger: Sally is only after Jeff not only because he’s rich and she’ll rich, but to spite Al. She’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants.wants from Jeff even pretend she's pregnant.


This film tells the stories of Ludlow (Holden), Jeff Young (Milland), and John Cassidy (Wayne Morris) having signed up with the Army Air Corps. It follows them as they deal with training, tragedy, and women.

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This film tells the stories of Al Ludlow (Holden), Jeff Young (Milland), and John Cassidy (Wayne Morris) having who have signed up with the Army Air Corps. It follows them as they deal with training, tragedy, and women.



* AcePilot: Both and John and Jeff are ones. Al eventually gets his wings, too.

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* AcePilot: Both and John and Jeff are ones. Al eventually gets his wings, too.


* AcePilot: Both and John and Jeff are ones. Al eventually gets his wings.

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* AcePilot: Both and John and Jeff are ones. Al eventually gets his wings.wings, too.


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[[caption-width-right:287:Creator/VeronicaLake is on the prowl.]]


* AlliterativeAppeal: When Jeff complains about Carolyn and her rejecting him as the model for her magazine photo shoot:

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* AlliterativeAppeal: AddedAlliterativeAppeal: When Jeff complains about Carolyn and her rejecting him as the model for her magazine photo shoot:



* GlamourousWartimeSinger: Sally counts even if the US hadn’t entered WWII yet.

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* GlamourousWartimeSinger: GlamorousWartimeSinger: Sally counts even if the US hadn’t entered WWII yet.

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''I Wanted Wings'' (1941) is a drama from Creator/{{Paramount}} directed by Mitchell Leisen, starring Creator/RayMilland, Creator/WilliamHolden, and in her first feature role, Creator/VeronicaLake.

This film tells the stories of Ludlow (Holden), Jeff Young (Milland), and John Cassidy (Wayne Morris) having signed up with the Army Air Corps. It follows them as they deal with training, tragedy, and women.

This film won an AcademyAward for Best Visual Effects in 1941 and was based on Bernie Lay Jr's book of the same name.
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!!''I Wanted Wings'' shows the following tropes:
*AcePilot: Both and John and Jeff are ones. Al eventually gets his wings.
*AlliterativeAppeal: When Jeff complains about Carolyn and her rejecting him as the model for her magazine photo shoot:
-->'''Jeff''': The lady with lens is on the loose!
*BettyAndVeronica: Sally and Carolyn vie for Jeff, although Carolyn has the upper hand.
*TheDitz: John Cassidy might have been dropped on his head.
*GoldDigger: Sally is only after Jeff because he’s rich and she’ll stop at nothing to get what she wants.
*GlamourousWartimeSinger: Sally counts even if the US hadn’t entered WWII yet.
*GrumpyOldMan: The "colonel" who hangs around the base complains that no one respects the fact that he was the first man in the air (in a balloon) during the Civil War.
*HowWeGotHere: The film begins with Jeff Young (Milland) being court-martialled for the crash of a B-17 Bomber and the death of a civilian woman on board and the rest of the story is told in flashbacks.
*JustPlaneWrong: {{Averted}}: As Creator/{{Paramount}} had full access to the Air Corps planes (B-17 bombers) and their training fields. The United States Army Air Corps gave the film 1,160 aircraft for the flying sequences.
*OhCrap: When the boys go out for a joyride, [[spoiler: John crashes and dies.]]
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