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Wings and the Woman (1942)

They Flew Alone (original title)
The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was ... See full summary »

Director:

Herbert Wilcox

Writers:

Viscount Castlerosse (by), Miles Malleson (scenario & screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Neagle ... Amy Johnson
Robert Newton ... Jim Mollison
Edward Chapman ... Mr. Johnson
Nora Swinburne ... ATA Commandant
Joan Kemp-Welch Joan Kemp-Welch ... Mrs. Johnson
Brefni O'Rorke ... Mac
Charles Carson ... Lord Wakefield
Martita Hunt ... Miss Bland
Anthony Shaw Anthony Shaw ... Official
Eliot Makeham ... Mayor of Croydon (as Eliott Makeham)
David Horne ... Solicitor
Miles Malleson ... Vacuum Salesman
Aubrey Mallalieu Aubrey Mallalieu ... Bill, the Barber
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Postmaster
Hay Petrie ... Old General
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Storyline

The story of flyer Amy Johnson who won the hearts of the British public in the 1930s with her record-breaking solo flights around the world. Her marriage to fellow aviator Jim Mallison was less noteworthy. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The True Romance of The Flying Mollisons See more »

Genres:

Biography | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1942 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wings and the Woman See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: And to all the Amy Johnsons of today, who have fought and won the battle of the straw hat - who have driven through centuries of convention - who have abandoned the slogan 'Safety First' in their fight for freedom 'from fear-from want-from persecution'- we dedicate this film. See more »

Goofs

When Amy Johnson returns home, close up shots show the same crowd with the same people, each time the welcome home events are staged. See more »

Quotes

Miss Bland: How can you expect to succeed in anything if you flout convention?
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: F L E E T S T R E E T

JAN 5TH 1941 See more »

Connections

Referenced in Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen: Censored (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Dusty Rhythm
(uncredited)
Music by Mischa Spoliansky
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A great period piece
21 August 2003 | by thorwaldSee all my reviews

If any scholar of film wants to know better why the British Film Industry died on its feet, then watch this one. Essentially a propaganda piece whose aim was to (belatedly) encourage women into the second-line in WWII, with the achievements of Amy Johnson merely as the McGuffin (pardon my Hitchcock phraseology!). The stiff-upper lip was rarely stiffer, though the legendary Newton was less hammy than usual (recall he gave us the Long John Silver that we automatically think of). Once the need for propaganda had passed (along with its better actors) the British Film Industry had no real subject matter to interest anyone other than parochial Brits (I would only exempt David Lean and his entourage from this) and died a slow and painful death. It would have been better if this subject had been tackled after the War and concentrated more on Amy's endeavours (and indeed those of the great Jim Mollison).


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