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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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Mr. Crimp
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Peter 'Pete'
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Vasquez
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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)  »

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Cinco Devem Viver  »

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Budget:

$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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Referenced in Pitch Black (2000) See more »

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Pleasant surprise
6 February 2001 | by (Dunstable, Ma) – See all my reviews

Due to the good reviews I watched this movie the other morning and was pleasantly surprised. It was a black and white movie made 62 years ago and I found it better than lots of new movies. My wife hates old b/w movies but when I read her the storyline she agreed to watch it with me and surprisingly she liked it. It shows what people are really like when you have to live with them rather than just a casual aquaintance. How many people noticed that the airline pilot and co-pilot had been the movie Boston Blackie and the tv Boston Blackie?


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