Wings (1927, 144 minutes) – Friday, September 20th
Two young men from the same town but different social classes end up as fighter pilots in WWI. Jack Powell (Charles “Buddy” Rogers) is a keen auto mechanic, building and modifying cars. David Armstrong (Richard Arlen) comes from a wealthy family. They are both in love with the same woman, Sylvia Lewis (Jobyna Ralston). Her heart belongs to David but she doesn’t let Jack know and plays along with his infatuation. Meanwhile, Jack’s neighbor, Mary Preston (Clara Bow), is deeply in love with him but he just views her as a friend. WWI interrupts the romantic entanglements as Jack and David enlist in the US Army Air Service. They are initially bitter enemies, due to them both vying for Sylvia’s affections. Over time, however, they become very good friends. They are both posted to the same fighter squadron in France, where being a fighter pilot means every day could easily be your last.
DTOS member Stephen Warner will be providing live accompaniment to the silent film on the Mighty Wurlitzer. Wings is notable for it’s realism, and for being one of the first widely released films to show nudity. Directed by William A. Wellman, the movie cost $2 million dollars to complete and took months to shoot due to the complex aerial shots are large scale battle scenes. The actors learned to fly to make the film, and nearly 300 pilots were involved during shooting. Despite giving a superb performance, Clara Bow cut the costumes because she hated them so much and criticized her role saying “Wings is… a man’s picture and I’m just the whipped cream on top of the pie.” The film is the only silent film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, but was thought to be lost until 1929 when a copy was found in Paris.
Doors @ 7:00 PM
Movie @ 8:00 PM
*The presentation will not include music on the organ before the movie*