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Directed by William Wellman (1896 1975), an aviation veteran of the W.W. I, "Wings" was the only silent film to win an Academy Award for Best Picture (in truth, the category was titled "Most Outstanding Production"):

"It is the story of two extremely youthful officers in the American air service during the war. We can see them going through the training mill in Texas, dueling with a German 'circus' above the clouds, raking communication roads with machine-gun fire and finally facing each other in a terrific life-and-death struggle in the air....The two heroes are played, and played remarkably well, by Charles (Buddy) Rogers and Richard Arlen...They prove that aviators, while in action, were men of few words; in fact, from my scant knowledge of lip-reading, I gather that their vocabulary was limited to two words, both of which are unprintable in a family magazine."

"Clara Bow, who appears as the saccharine heroine, is, I regret to say, not so good."

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WINGS: Directed by William Wellman  (Life Magazine, 1927)

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