The Wings of Eagles

John Ford (director)
Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines (screenwriters)
John Wayne, Dan Dailey, Maureen O'Hara (starring)

Beverly Hills, CA: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer [MGM], 1955-1956. Three screenplays from the 1956 film, including two draft scripts dated 7-21-55 and one partial draft script dated 2-16-56. One script with manuscript pencil annotations to the inside rear wrapper, noting revisions, and one with manuscript pencil annotations on the front wrapper, noting "22" and "Comp". Also included in the collection is a memo from technical advisor Admiral John Dale Price to producer Charles Schnee and an unknown crew member, bound in script format, addressing factual errors and questions, dated 2-15-56. Script dated 2-15-56 missing a number of pages, as shown below, likely as used or issued.

A dramatization of the experiences of US Navy aviator-turned-screenwriter Frank "Spig" Wead, a rowdy and dedicated pilot who is forced to retire from the Navy after being paralyzed in an accident.

Shot on location in Florida and Washington DC.

Copy No. 28, dated 7-21-55:

Blue titled wrappers, stamped VAULT COPY, MIMEOGRAPH FILE COPY, and TEMPORARY COMPLETE on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 28 and production No. 5651, dated 7-21-55, with credits for screenwriter Frank Fenton. Title page integral with the front wrapper, as issued. 111 leaves, with last page of text numbered "111-113". Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 8-3-55 and 10-10-55. Pages and wrapper Very Good plus, with tidemarks to the bottom and fore edges, bound with two gold brads.

Copy No. 29, dated 7-21-55:

Blue titled wrappers, VAULT COPY, MIMEOGRAPH FILE COPY, and TEMPORARY COMPLETE on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped copy No. 29 and production No. 5651, dated 7-21-55, with credits for screenwriter Frank Fenton. Title page integral with the front wrapper as issued. 154 leaves, with last page of text numbered "111-112". Mimeograph duplication, rectos only, with white revision pages throughout, dated variously between 7-22-55 and 10-10-55. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.

Script dated 2-16-56:

Blue titled wrappers, dated 2-16-56 on the front wrapper, rubber-stamped VAULT COPY and production No. 5651, noted as Section of Script. Title page integral with the front wrapper as issued. Approximately 100 leaves, dated variously between 2-16-56 and 2-21-56. Mimeograph duplication on yellow stock, rectos only. Pages Near Fine, wrapper Near Fine, bound with two gold brads.


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