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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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Alice Melbourne
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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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Heaven's fury loosed! Judgment day-for courage, cowardice, love, scorching hate!..It's roaring adventure! (original print ad) See more »


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23 June 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cinco Devem Viver  »

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Budget:

$225,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Turner Classic Movies, there were real trees on the set for the jungle scenes. In one scene, Lucille Ball was leaning against one of the prop trees and spiders crawled out of it and into her hair, sending her and the rest of the cast screaming & running. 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 Los que volvieron (1948) See more »

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A winner for RKO
10 September 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just watched this film on Turner Classic Movies.This is the first time I can remember seeing this film.I'm glad that the Turner organization didn't try to ruin this film by colorizing it.Some movies just should be watched in black and white,IMHO. I think it was much better than the remake. The cast all did a yeoman's job,to boot. The special effects were cheesy by today's standards but probably high tech for 1939. This movie should be required viewing by budding actors and directors. Some movies made today contain a lot of big named stars but the movie just doesn't come together. The stellar cast of Five Came Back really worked together and made the movie a success.


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