The Wings of Eagles

  • John Wayne: Frank W. " Spig " Wead
  • Dan Dailey: " Jughead " Carson
  • Maureen O'Hara: Min Wead
  • Ward Bond: John Dodge
  • Ken Curtis: John Dale Price
  • Kenneth Tobey: Captain Herbert Allen Hazard
  • James Todd: Jack Travis
  • Barry Kelley: Captain Jock Clark
  • Sig Ruman: Manager
  • Henry O'Neill: Captain Spear
  • Willis Bouchey: Barton
  • Dorothy Jordan: Rose Brent man

The eagle is a biopic of American director John Ford in 1956 about his friend, the U.S. Navy pilots and screenwriter Frank Wead.


Frank Wead, a commander in the U.S. Navy fights alongside Marine pilots in the Second World War. He was paralyzed from the neck down by a stair fall. The Patriot is collected at the national heroes and calls a campaign for the expansion of the armed forces in life. Now he begins to encourage his colleagues to write what he used for advertising purposes for his former employer, the U.S. Navy. Later, he is a screenwriter in Hollywood and a friend of director John Ford


The film contains elements of the then top-secret Militant Liberty program, which was developed by the evangelicals John C. Broger for the U.S. Department of Defense.

Henry O'Neill played his last of nearly 180 film roles in this film, he died four years later.


" Part rough, partly sentimental dramedy that occasionally reveals an ambivalent relationship to the main character. "