Wings Over Honolulu (1937)


Wings Over Honolulu (1937)

Adapted by Isabel Dawn and Boyce de Gaw from a "Redbook Magazine" story by Mildred Cram with, apparently, none of the three understanding much about military trials or else the Ray Milland character would have ended up with a dishonorable discharge and twenty years in the slammer. Story begins at a birthday party given for Virginia deb Lauralee Curtis by her adoring aunts Nellie and Evie Curtis. Wealthy Yankee Gregory Chandler claims the first dance and spends the night unfolding dazzling vistas of yachts, wealth and far-off romantic places and asks Lauralee to marry him. She declines, as properly brought-up southern girls do not accept first-night proposals or, most of the time, propositions. But this changes when navy flyers Lieutenants Stony Gilchrist and Jack Furness make a forced landing on the Curtis plantation, and it is a case of love at first sight when Lauralee meets Stony,evidently because Lauralee and Stony are the only two people at the party with British accents. She ...
IMDb  5.5 /10
Director H.C. Potter
Writer Mildred Cram
Writer Isabel Dawn
Writer Boyce DeGaw
Release Date1937-05-16
Runtime1h 18mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingPassed (Passed)
AwardsNominated for 1 Oscar.
CompanyUniversal Pictures
Lauralee Curtis
Lt. Samuel Gilchrist
Gregory Chandler
Lieutenant Jack Furness
Rosalind Furness
Hattie Penletter
Admiral Furness
Nellie Curtis
Ralph Steed Garrison
Ralph Steed Garrison
Admiral Furness' Daughter's Escort

Wings over Honolulu

Wings over Honolulu is a 1937 drama romance film directed by H. C. Potter and starring Wendy Barrie, Ray Milland, Kent Taylor, William Gargan and Polly Rowles.

The cinematographer Joseph Valentine earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on this military romance, with Wendy Barrie as a young woman who finds it difficult to adjust to the life of a Naval aviator's wife.


Lauralee Curtis is introduced to a Navy lieutenant, pilot Sam "Stony" Gilchrist, at her 20th-birthday party. It is love at first sight. Two days later, they are husband and wife.

Stony's next base will be in Honolulu, Hawaii, but at the last minute, he receives orders to drop everything and fly to Washington, D.C.. He kisses his new bride goodbye and she boards a ship to Honolulu by herself. On board, Lauralee encounters an admiral's daughter, Rosalind Furness, who treats her coldly. The admiral explains that everyone had assumed Rosalind would be the one to marry Stony.

By the time the ship reaches port, Rosalind has made it abundantly clear to Lauralee that she is standing by in case the marriage doesn't work out. Lauralee becomes lonely in Honolulu until she runs into an old friend, Greg, and begins socializing with him.

Complications ensue until Lauralee ultimately believes she must leave Stony because she is harmful to his career. When she and Greg are aboard a sailboat, Stony buzzes them in his plane and ends up in a military courtroom, his career at risk. Rosalind gloats that now Stony can be hers, but he goes after Lauralee and all ends well.


  • Wendy Barrie as Lauralee Curtis
  • Ray Milland as Lieutenant "Stoney" Gilchrist
  • Kent Taylor as Gregory Chandler
  • William Gargan as Lieutenant Jack Furness
  • Polly Rowles as Rosalind Furness
  • Mary Philips as Hattie Penletter
  • Samuel S. Hinds as Admiral Furness
  • Margaret McWade as Nellie Curtis
  • Clara Blandick as Evie Curtis
  • Joyce Compton as Caroline
  • Louise Beavers as Mammy

External links

  • Wings Over Honolulu at IMDb