Well, I know you haven't had much experience writing and none at all in pictures. But I've heard about you. It all sounded like you're just the man I wanted for a story about the Navy. I don't want a story just about ships and planes. I want a story about the officers.... I want this story from a pen dipped in salt water not dry martinis. Do you know what I mean?
Frank Fenton, William Wister Haines, co-scenarist, and John Ford. John Dodge (Ward Bond), The Wings of Eagles, film director talking to Commander Spig Wead (John Wayne) about writing a screenplay on Navy life (1957).
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