Clipped Wings (1953 film)

Clipped Wings is a 1953 comedy film starring The Bowery Boys. The film was released on August 14, 1953 by Allied Artists and is the thirty-first film in the series.

Clipped Wings
Directed byEdward Bernds
Produced byBen Schwalb
Written byElwood Ullman
Charles R. Marion
StarringLeo Gorcey
Huntz Hall
David Gorcey
Bernard Gorcey
Music byMarlin Skiles
CinematographyHarry Neumann
Edited byAllan K. Wood
Distributed byAllied Artists Pictures
Release date
  • August 14, 1953 (1953-08-14) (U.S.)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited States


The boys' friend, Dave Moreno, is being held for treason by the U.S. Air Force. Slip and Sach go to headquarters to help Dave, but mistakenly enlist. Sach is also mistakenly assigned to a WAF barracks. When the boys finally do visit Dave he tells them he does not need help, as he is secretly being used to capture enemy agents. Undeterred by Dave's words, the boys continue to investigate and Slip and Sach wind up airborne. Good luck allows them to land safely, just where the spies are hiding out. They capture the spies and Dave's true mission is revealed.


[1] In a prime example of product placement the "Atomic Jet" amusement coin-operated ride form Nat Cohn's Riteway Sales that appeared in the film and advertising material was offered to be installed in every theatre that showed Clipped Wings[2][3]


The Bowery Boys

Remaining cast

Home media

Released on VHS by Warner Brothers on September 1, 1998.

Warner Archives released the film on made-to-order DVD in the United States as part of "The Bowery Boys, Volume Two" on April 9, 2013.


  1. pp. 117-118 Erickson, Hal Military Comedy Films: A Critical Survey and Filmography of Hollywood Releases Since 1918 McFarland, 7 Aug 2012
  2. p. 85 Motion Picture Atomic Jet Promotion to Get Underway Billboard 20 Jun 1953
Preceded by
Loose in London
'The Bowery Boys' movies
Succeeded by
Private Eyes
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