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Wings of Chance (1961)




Credited cast:
James Brown ... Steve Kirby
Frances Rafferty ... Arlene Baker
Richard Tretter ... Johnny Summers
Patrick Whyte ... Mike Farrel
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brian Burke Brian Burke
Len Crowther Len Crowther
Larry Trahan Larry Trahan


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based on novel | See All (1) »


Filmed in the heart of the world's most rugged country! See more »






Canada | USA



Release Date:

1 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada See more »


Box Office


CAD 180,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Tiger Film See more »
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Color (Eastmancolor)
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poignant, truly Canadian tale of outdoor survival
20 August 2004 | by weirdharoldSee all my reviews

Red Kirby is a seasoned bush pilot. When he crash lands his plane near a remote lake in northern Alberta, he is initially optimistic that he will soon be rescued. However, as the months drag by, Kirby realizes that he must take his fate into his own hands. To combat the loneliness, he befriends a family of Canada geese. This action eventually leads to his rescue.

This story of outdoor survival became a classic shortly after its release in 1961. Based on the book, Kirby's Gander, by John Patrick Gillese, the movie is the first full-length feature film ever shot in Canada.

Wings of Chance is a superb example of a first-rate plot in a wilderness setting. In a memorable blend of action and psychological drama, the plot moves seamlessly. Suspense builds as viewers sympathize with the main character.

Wings of Chance is a MUST VIEW movie for all film buffs. It is an exception to the many slow movies of the sixties, combining stunning Canadian scenery with a captivating story. Watch for the author of the book, John Patrick Gillese, in a cameo performance as one of the bush pilots searching for the downed Red Kirby.

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