Frank Wilbur Wead


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Frank Wilbur "Spig" Wead (born October 24, 1895, in Peoria, Illinois – died November 15, 1947, in Santa Monica, California) was a U.S. Navy aviator turned screenwriter who helped promote United States Naval aviation from its inception through World War II. more »

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  • ''Listen, son. You and I are professionals. If the manager says sacrifice, we lay down a bunt and let somebody else hit the homeruns.''
    Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Admiral Blackwell (Charles Trowbridge), They Were Expendable, after the attack on Pearl ...
  • Boots Mulcahey: I'm not gonna make a speech. I just got something to say. Tomorrow our old pal, Doc, here's goin' out. He's bein' paid off after 30 years. I know most of you kids gotta long way to go ...
    Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Boots Mulcahey (Ward Bond), They Were Expendable, proposing a toast to the retiring doct...
  • ''You know what I'm talking about. This business has changed. Flyers aren't pilots anymore, they're engineers. This is a college man's game. Our work is done. The pioneering is over.''
    Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Dizzy Davis (James Cagney), Ceiling Zero, acknowledging that flying has changed, that...
  • Dizzy: Say, don't you think about anything but flying? When did the bug first bite you?
    Tommy: You remember the day Lindy came back from Paris?... I was only a kid, but I'll never forget it. Th...
    Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and Howard Hawks. Dizzy Davis (James Cagney), Tommy (June Travis), Ceiling Zero, discussing their early...
  • ''You men have proved that PT boats have some value in this war. Washington wants you back in the States to build them up. Those are my orders.''
    Frank W. Wead (1895?-1947), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. General Martin (Jack Holt), They Were Expendable, informing Lts. Ryan and Brickley that ...
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