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Jerome Cady (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
23 June 1939 (USA) See more »
CRASH LANDING in the HEADHUNTER'S JUNGLE! (original print ad) See more »
Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the... See more » | Full synopsis »
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A winner for RKO See more (31 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chester Morris ... Bill

Lucille Ball ... Peggy Nolan
Wendy Barrie ... Alice Melbourne

John Carradine ... Mr. Crimp

Allen Jenkins ... Peter 'Pete'

Joseph Calleia ... Vasquez

C. Aubrey Smith ... Professor Henry Spengler
Kent Taylor ... Joe Brooks, the Co-Pilot

Patric Knowles ... Judson Ellis
Elisabeth Risdon ... Martha Spengler
Casey Johnson ... Tommy Mulvaney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro de Cordoba ... Latin Ambassador (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Photographer (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Policeman (uncredited)
Charlie Hall ... Airport Worker (uncredited)
Dick Hogan ... Lawrence 'Larry', the Steward (uncredited)
Robert Homans ... Police Captain (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Airlines Official (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Flower Lady (uncredited)
Frank Mills ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Michael 'Mike' Mulvaney, Tommy's Father (uncredited)
Ronald R. Rondell ... Page with Package (uncredited)

Directed by
John Farrow 
Writing credits
Jerome Cady (screenplay) and
Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) and
Nathanael West (screenplay)

Richard Carroll (original story)

Produced by
Robert Sisk .... producer
Original Music by
Roy Webb 
Cinematography by
Nicholas Musuraca 
Film Editing by
Harry Marker 
Art Direction by
Van Nest Polglase 
Costume Design by
Edward Stevenson (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Argyle Nelson .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam Ruman .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Albert S. D'Agostino .... associate art director (as Albert D'Agostino)
Sound Department
John E. Tribby .... recording director
John E. Tribby .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Vernon L. Walker .... special effects
Bud Geary .... stunt double (uncredited)
George Magrill .... stunt double (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Joseph F. Biroc .... camera operator (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Douglas Travers .... montage
Music Department
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Lee S. Marcus .... production executive (as Lee Marcus)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Victor System)
Finland:S | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5284)

Did You Know?

Later remade as "Back From Eternity" with Robert Ryan, Anita Ekberg and Rod Steiger.See more »
Miscellaneous: 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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Back from Eternity (1956)See more »


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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A winner for RKO, 10 September 2005
Author: chas3stix from United States

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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