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Wings and the Woman

Wings and the Woman(1942)

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This film was released in England as They Flew Alone. Although the British version ran 104 minutes, the film was was cut to 96 minutes for American distribution. The film's opening credits include the following written acknowledgment: "Gratefully acknowledging the assistance and facilities accorded by Miss Amy Johnson's Family, Mr. James Mollison, Miss Pauline Gower M.B.E., The Air Ministry, The Ministry of Aircraft Production, The Air Transport Auxiliary, and Lord Wakefield's Represenatives." The picture closes with the following written dedication: "And to all the Amy Johnsons of today, who have fought and won the battle of the straw hat-who have driven through centuries of convention-who have abandoned the slogan Safety First in the flight for freedom from fear-from persecution-we dedicate the following film." MacDonald Parke's surname is incorrectly spelled "Park" in the screen credits.
       Born in 1903, Amy Johnson was a pioneering British aviatrix, who broke the world's record on her flights to India, Cape Town, South Africa and Tokyo, Japan. She married pilot James Mollison in 1932. They were divorced in 1938. On January 1941, she drowned while flying her aircraft across the Thames Estuary. According to modern sources, producer-director Herbert Wilcox returned from the U.S. to England to make this film using RKO's frozen funds.