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Winged Victory (TCF 1944, Don Taylor, Red Buttons)

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This flag-waver dedicated to the men of the Army Air Force is directed by George Cukor, a director better known for deft handling of drama than wartime action. But that may explain the main interest being the lives of the wives left behind as the men go first to training and then to war. Holliday shines in the first of several films she would appear in for Cukor.

The profits from Winged Victory and the Broadway play on which the film is based were donated to various Army charities.

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USA | Twentieth Century Fox | 130 minutes | 1944

Director: George Cukor
Producer: Darryl F. Zanuck
Cinematography: Glen MacWilliams
Editor: Barbara McLean
Music: David Rose
Script: Moss Hart
Production Design: Lewis H. Creber, Lyle Wheeler

cast
Don Taylor as Danny ‘Pinkie’ Scariano (as Cpl. Don Taylor)
Red Buttons as Whitey / Andrews Sister (as Cpl. Red Buttons)
Jeanne Crain as Helen
Karl Malden as Adams (as Cpl. Karl Malden)
Lee J. Cobb as Doctor (as Cpl. Lee Cobb)
Lon McCallister as Francis William ‘Frankie’ Davis (as Pvt. Lon McCallister)
Edmond O’Brien as Irving Miller (as Sgt. Edmond O’Brien)
Judy Holliday as Ruth Miller
Jane Ball as Jane Preston
Mark Daniels as Alan William Ross (as Sgt. Mark Daniels)
Jo-Carroll Dennison as Dorothy Ross
Peter Lind Hayes as O’Brien (as T/Sgt. Peter Lind Hayes)
Barry Nelson as Robert Edward ‘Bobby’ Crills (as Cpl. Barry Nelson)
Rune Hultman as Dave Anderson (as Sgt. Rune Hultman)
Gary Merrill as Capt. McIntyre (as Cpl. Garry Merrill)
George Reeves as Lt. Thompson (as Sgt. George Reeves)
Sascha Brastoff as Carmen Miranda
Mario Lanza as Chorus Member (uncredited)

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