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Five Came Back (1939)

Passed  |   |  Adventure, Drama, Thriller  |  23 June 1939 (USA)
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Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be ... See full summary »

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Peggy Nolan
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Alice Melbourne
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Mr. Crimp
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Peter 'Pete'
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Vasquez
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Professor Henry Spengler
Kent Taylor ...
Joe Brooks, the Co-Pilot
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Judson Ellis
Elisabeth Risdon ...
Martha Spengler
Casey Johnson ...
Tommy Mulvaney
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Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety. Do both Bill and Joe make the flight out? And what about the rest: Peggy, a woman with a slightly tarnished past; Pete, a racketeer who is escorting his boss's young son Tommy; Alice and Judson, eloping lovers who seem to have less in common as their plight changes one of them in the other's eyes; Crimp, who is bringing criminal Vasquez to justice; Prof. and Mrs. Spengler, an elderly couple whom become closer due to their predicament; and finally, is ... Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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CRASH LANDING in the HEADHUNTER'S JUNGLE! (original print ad) See more »


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23 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinco Devem Viver  »

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$225,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Budgeted at a mere $225,000, which was extremely low even by RKO standards, this picture netted a relatively amazing $262,000 in profits. See more »

Goofs

Aboard the plane, Professor Spengler tells Crimp that he seems to be a "maniac depressive", when what he obviously means is "manic depressive". See more »

Quotes

Vasquez: Hanging is such an unpleasant death. Besides, a hanged man always dies alone. I much prefer dying in the company of decent citizens like you... always provided I'm the last to die.
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Connections

Remade as Back from Eternity (1956) See more »

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Top survival drama with rushed, unsatisfying climax...
24 April 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Twelve passengers in a twin-engine plane crash-land in a rain forest just east of the Andes. While the two pilots attempt to fix the aircraft, the travelers get to know each other. Fast-paced drama rolls right along, with the usual cast introductions handled this time with flair and flip sarcasm (Lucille Ball, apparently playing a tart, keeps getting put down by the others but takes all the criticism in stride!). Film is extremely compact, but this hinders it in the end as the final sequence doesn't feel fully played-out and the last shots are disappointing. Otherwise, well-scripted (Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West are just two of the writers credited), acted with high style and briskly directed by John Farrow, who later remade this story as "Back From Eternity". *** from ****


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