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W.S. Van Dyke
Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong. Written by
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Jimmy Stewart worked alongside Fred Jones, a scientist (Boffin) from R.A.E Farnborough to get into character. Fred Jones was the lead wreckage analyst on the true life Comet disaster, mirroring the film. See more »
The airplane is described being powered by piston engines, the sounds, the cockpit area, the flight engineer's controls are made to look like a piston engine airplane of that era. Yet, the engine nacelles on the airplane are that of a turbojet or turboprop. That is, a jet engine with a propeller. See more »
The altitutde, Miss Teasdale, sometimes causes a highly nervous state in certain passengers. I'm sure it had that effect on Mister Honey for a while but he's quiet now.
That's more than I am. There's about to be another passenger on this plane in a highly nervous state.
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Here is a film about people --real people, of conviction, and of character. The central problem, an aeronautical engineering equation, simply serves as a
vehicle around which unforgettable characters revolve. James Stewart is
simply wonderful as Mr. Honey, and Marlene Dietrich shines, and grows, as
"star" Monica Teasdale. An enduring film masterpiece for thoughtful adults.
The supporting actors are first rate: the daughter was surprising believable, the wonderful Glynis Johns in her usual dream performance. I rate it 9 out of 10, as these films will not happen soon again. Thoughtful dramas about flight and aeronautics abounded in the late 40's and 50's -- I recommend the British entry "The Night my Number Came Up" -- and should be studied and regarded by
serious film devotees.
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