Wings (1927)

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Although “Wings” was released in 1927, when sorting by release date it's listed as 1929.
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dlambe3,

Wings (1927) lists several USA release dates, including a New York City premiere on August 12, 1927. Presumably, the 1929 release year is the film's broad release throughout the U.S, which is displayed in the image you've posted.

Hopefully, an official IMDb representative will be able to answer your inquiry.

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The 1929 general release date is also the one displayed on the film's main page on the website (unless you're in another country with another general release date).

So it isn't so unusual that this date is used, although it's perhaps a bit inconsistent which dates are used in various site and app features.
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I found one minor reference to a more widespread re-release after it won The Academy Award. But it did not mention a specific day and month in '29
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It's the date listed by IMDb, but I have no idea if it's accurate.

Edit: TCM's site also says, "Wings was not widely released until January 5, 1929."
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages (1916).

Although “Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages” was released in 1916, when sorting by release date it's listed as 1918.
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On both films’ page, the release date is listed correctly. It’s only during the sorting that the wrong date is used.
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If I'm not mistaken, Howard Hughes filmed this in the Silent Era, and released it in 1927. Then immediately Re-shot the whole picture again as a Talkie. Hence the two release dates.
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This was also part of the Plot in The Aviator. Believe he used the same cast as Hughes was known for signing all his stars to multi year contracts.

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Howard Hughes did not make either of the films mentioned here, so perhaps we could stick to the facts.
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You are right... I was thinking of Hell's angels. My Bad!
You can call me a Wing Ding!
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May have found an explanation for the 1929 date.

 For the first six years of the Academy Awards’ history, films considered for awards spanned two one-year periods. The first Academy Awards considered films released between August 1st, 1927 to July 31st 1929.
Some contributor may have seen that it received the award on May 16, 1929 at a private dinner held at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles, California. AMPAS president Douglas Fairbanks hosted the show.

The contributor probably made an erroneous assumption based on the award date.
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https://willmckinley.wordpress.com/2012/08/08/the-restoration-of-wings-1927-the-loudest-silent-movie...
Anyone reading this should look at this article.
It is a story about the restoration of the first full feature picture to win an Academy Award.
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I LOVE OLD STILLS

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I Could storyboard a TV Series Based off this one shot!
It would be to expensive to produce unless all the Actors/Actresses were just starting out and would work for scale.
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Hi Cinephile -

With regard to the App display screen grab you posted, can you clarify how you got to that screen (also can you let us know what device you are using)?

Concerning the desktop display, for Wings as you are in the US, even though there are premiere release
dates listed for 1927, the display will show the first US wide release date
which is 1929.  If you were in another country, you would see the first
wide release for that country.  If there is no release date for your
country, the default will be the first wide release (this is why for this
title: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0006864/releaseinfo?ref_=tt_ql_dt_2
 we see the Italy release date).
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Thanks for replying. I use the app on the iPhone. I get to that list by going to my ratings and sorting by release date. Those are the only two films that I’ve found that issue with.
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I’m using the iPhone X.
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Hi Cinephile -
Thanks for the additional details, I have passed this information along to our technical staff for further investigation.
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The first wide release of "Wings" was surely not in 1929.  IMDb often has incomplete information on silent films.  Aug 1927 is when it entered wide release, and it premiered as early as April in New York according to silentera.com.  That makes a lot more sense than what was one of the biggest Hollywood pictures of the time sitting around for two years before being released.

"The General," on the other hand, is listed as 1926 on IMDb from premiering December that year, but actually didn't enter general release until Feb 1927.  IMDb doesn't even have the earliest premiere date for it, either.
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AFI Catalog:

Although Wings had its premiere in 1927 and continued in roadshow engagements throughout 1928, it was not registered for copyright until 5 Jan 1929, at which time a musical score and sound effects were added for its national release. [...]

A preview of the film was held in San Antonio, in the spring of 1927, and the picture opened in New York City and Los Angeles in Aug 1927 and Jan 1928, respectively. Wings was not widely released until 5 Jan 1929.
https://catalog.afi.com/Catalog/movie...
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New York Times:

Still a runaway hit after almost two years, the film was just moving beyond its initial big city, exclusive presentations into national release, re-equipped for its rollout with recorded music and sound effects.
https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/22/mo...
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OK, if road shows don't count as a wide release.  Many epics were released like that back then, and many silent films were re-released with soundtracks added.