Men with Wings (1938)

Reporter Nicholas Ranson is jubilant when, on 17 Dec 1903, in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, Orville and Wilbur Wright take their first airplane flight. Back home in Underwood, Maryland, however, his uncle Hiram F. Jenkins, owner and editor of the local newspaper, refuses to print the story. Nicholas quits and continues to work on his own airplane, with the devoted help of his little daughter Peggy. Peggy is actually the first in her family to fly when her friends, Patrick Falconer and Scott Barnes, induce her to get inside a large kite they have made, and run with it in a field until she is airborne. The kite is caught in a tree, however, and Peggy gets a black eye. Later, Nicholas dies when his experimental airplane crashes, leaving his wife and children alone. By Peggy's adulthood, planes are capable of flying at an altitude of 11,000 feet, and speeds of nearly 100 m.p.h. Peggy continues her father's obsession with flight by helping Scott and Pat to build a plane.

Directing:
  • William A. Wellman

Writing:
  • Robert Carson

Stars:
Release Date: 1938-07-16
themoviedb icon 5.0/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: English
  • Runtime: 105
Billy Bletcher
Billy Bletche...
Red Cross Man
Charles Trowbridge
Charles Trowb...
Alcott
David Newell
David Newell
Photographer
Russell Hicks
Russell Hicks
Gen. Marlin
Andy Devine
Andy Devine
Joe Gibbs
Joan Leslie
Joan Leslie
Young Patricia Falconer
Donald O'Connor
Donald O'Conn...
Young Pat Falconer
Lee Phelps
Lee Phelps
Photographer
Lynne Overman
Lynne Overman
Hank Rinebow
John Hubbard
John Hubbard
Attendant
George Chandler
George Chandl...
Cody
Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor
Jimmy
Ray Milland
Ray Milland
Scott Barnes
Willard Robertson
Willard Rober...
Col. Hadley
Porter Hall
Porter Hall
Hiram F. Jenkins
Jonathan Hale
Jonathan Hale
Long
Harry Woods
Harry Woods
Baker
Evelyn Keyes
Evelyn Keyes
Nurse
Fred MacMurray
Fred MacMurra...
Pat Falconer
Walter Abel
Walter Abel
Nick Ranson
Billy Cook
Billy Cook
Young Scott Barnes
James Burke
James Burke
J.A. Nolan
Garry Owen
Garry Owen
Reporter
Virginia Weidler
Virginia Weid...
Young Peggy Ranson
Claire Du Brey
Claire Du Bre...
Edith
James P. Burtis
James P. Burt...
Reporter
Dennis Morgan
Dennis Morgan
Galton
Ethel Clayton
Ethel Clayton
Woman
Louise Campbell
Louise Campbe...
Peggy Ranson
Sheila Darcy
Sheila Darcy
Nurse
Jean Fenwick
Jean Fenwick
Nurse
Juanita Quigley
Juanita Quigl...
Patricia Falconer at Age 6
Kitty Kelly
Kitty Kelly
Martha Ranson
Eddie Dunn
Eddie Dunn
Field Employee
Edward Earle
Edward Earle
Officer
Dell Henderson
Dell Henderso...
Chairman
Al Hill
Al Hill
Mail Driver
Frank Mills
Frank Mills
Mechanic
John T. Murray
John T. Murra...
Jones
Ruth Rogers
Ruth Rogers
Girl
Archie Twitchell
Archie Twitch...
Nelson
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