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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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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Chester Morris ... Bill Brooks

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, 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)
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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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?

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 »
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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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Top survival drama with rushed, unsatisfying climax..., 24 April 2006
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

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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