Vintage original 9- 1/8 x 12-1/8 in. US sheet music from the 1920's WWI aviation-themed war drama/romance, WINGS, released in 1927 by Paramount Pictures and directed by William A. Wellman.
Entitled Love Theme of the Parajount Picture "WINGS" and published by Sam Fox Publishing Co., the front cover depicts Charles "Buddy" Rogers and Clara Bow in uniform with biplanes from different countries flying around them. Consisting of 6 pages, it is in overall fine- condition with a prior owner's name handwritten near the bottom of the front cover.
*"Wings is a 1927 American silent film known for winning the first Academy Award for Best Picture. The film stars Clara Bow, Charles "Buddy" Rogers, and Richard Arlen. Rogers and Arlen portray World War I combat pilots in a romantic rivalry over a woman. It was produced by Lucien Hubbard, directed by William A. Wellman, and released by Paramount Pictures. Gary Cooper appears in a small role, which helped launch his career in Hollywood.
The film, a romantic action-war picture, was rewritten by scriptwriters Hope Loring and Louis D. Lighton from a story by John Monk Saunders to accommodate Bow, Paramount's biggest star at the time. Wellman was hired, as he was the only director in Hollywood at the time who had World War I combat pilot experience, although Richard Arlen and John Monk Saunders had also served in the war as military aviators.
The film was shot on location on a budget of $2 million (equivalent to $30.61 million in 2021) at Kelly Field in San Antonio, between September 7, 1926, and April 7, 1927. Hundreds of extras and some 300 pilots were involved in the filming, including pilots and planes of the United States Army Air Corps which were brought in for the filming and to provide assistance and supervision. Wellman extensively rehearsed the scenes for the Battle of Saint-Mihiel over ten days with some 3,500 infantrymen on a battlefield made for the production on location. Although the cast and crew had much spare time during the filming because of weather delays, shooting conditions were intense, and Wellman frequently conflicted with the military officers brought in to supervise the picture.Acclaimed for its technical prowess and realism upon release, the film became the yardstick against which future aviation films were measured, mainly because of its realistic air-combat sequences.
It went on to win the inaugural Academy Award for Best Picture at the first Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciencesaward ceremony in 1929, the only fully silent film to do so. It also won the Academy Award for Best Engineering Effects (Roy Pomeroy). Wings was one of the first widely released films to show nudity. In 1997, Wings was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congressas being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant", and the film was re-released to Cinemarktheaters to coincide with the 85th Anniversary for a limited run in May 2012. The film was re-released again for its 90th anniversary in 2017. The Academy Film Archive preserved Wings in 2002.The film entered the public domain in the United States in 2023."
*"Based upon the story by John Monk Saunders, two young men, one rich (Richard Arlen), one middle class (Charles "Buddy" Rogers), who are in love with the same woman (Jobyna Ralston), become fighter pilots in World War I."
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