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The Great World War I Aviation Film Honored By The First Oscar For Best Picture!
A landmark film on numerous accounts: it's the great World War I aviation film of its or any other time; it features some of the great stuntflyers of the age, including future WWII Air Force General Hoyt Vandenberg who flew most of the aerial sequences that actors Buddy Rogers and Richard Arlen are filmed in, engaged in extraordinary aerial manuevers that rank among best ever filmed; it launched Gary Cooper as a star; and it won the first Oscar for best film. It manages also to be a great work of cinematography, as well as classic tear-jerker love story of the first order. * Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White, Silent With Added Musical Soundtrack, 2 Hours 21 Minutes.) #Wings #Wings1927Film #WingsFilm #ClaraBow #BuddyRogers #RichardArlen #GaryCooper #HoytVandenberg #StuntFlyers #StuntPilots #FighterPilots #AviationInWWI #WWIAviation #Aviation #MilitaryAviation #WorldWarI #WorldWarOne #WorldWar1 #WWI #WW1 #FirstWorldWar #FirstEuropeanWar #EuropeanCivilWar #SilentFilms #SilentMovies #SilentEra #Movies #Film #MotionPictures #Cinema #Hollywood #AmericanCinema #CinemaOfTheUS #AmericanCulture #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Clara Bow ... Mary Preston
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Jack Powell (as Buddy Rogers)
Richard Arlen ... David Armstrong
Jobyna Ralston ... Sylvia Lewis
El Brendel ... Herman Schwimpf
Richard Tucker ... Air Commander
Gary Cooper ... Cadet White
Gunboat Smith ... The Sergeant
Henry B. Walthall ... David's Father
Roscoe Karns ... Lieutenant Cameron
Julia Swayne Gordon ... David's Mother
Arlette Marchal ... Celeste
On May 16, 1929 in Hollywood, when the first Academy Awards ceremony took place, the 1927 Paramount Pictures silent First World War film Wings won the first Academy Award For Best Picture, the only silent film to do so, a major motion picture produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman and starring Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Richard Arlen (with Gary Cooper appearing in a small role which helped launch his Hollywood career).
Aviation In World War I: World War I was the first major conflict involving the large-scale use of aircraft. Tethered observation balloons had already been employed in several wars, and would be used extensively for artillery spotting. Germany employed Zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and Baltic and also for strategic bombing raids over Britain and the Eastern Front. Aeroplanes were just coming into military use at the outset of the war. Initially, they were used mostly for reconnaissance. Pilots and engineers learned from experience, leading to the development of many specialized types, including fighters, bombers, and trench strafers. Ace fighter pilots were portrayed as modern knights, and many became popular heroes. The war also saw the appointment of high-ranking officers to direct the belligerent nations' air war efforts. While the impact of aircraft on the course of the war was mainly tactical rather than strategic, most important being direct cooperation with ground forces (especially ranging and correcting artillery fire), the first steps in the strategic roles of aircraft in future wars were also foreshadowed.