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No Highway in the Sky (1951)
"No Highway" (original title)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  21 September 1951 (USA)
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An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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EXCITEMENT and SUSPENSE 18,000 Feet Over the Atlantic!

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Drama | Thriller

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21 September 1951 (USA)  »

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No Highway in the Sky  »

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The concept of an airliner suffering catastrophic failure due to metal fatigue after a certain number of flight cycles, as outlined in the 1948 novel and this 1951 film, came true with the failures of the de Havilland Comet in 1954. There are a number of eerie parallels between the fictional account and the later actual events. See more »

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At Gander Airport in Newfoundland, the pilot refuses to allow Honey back on the plane to continue to Montreal, while Miss Corder tells him they'll see him in Montreal. But since Honey was on his way to Labrador, which was part of Newfoundland, to investigate the previous Reindeer crash, he would have been leaving the plane at Gander and not going on to Montreal in the first place. See more »

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Theodore Honey: Oh there'll really be a delay for everybody now won't there?
Marjorie Corder: I don't think there's any doubt about that. Tell me why...
Monica Teasdale: [enters] He did do it, didn't he?
Marjorie Corder: Yes I'm afraid he did.
Monica Teasdale: If you believe in something, you believe in doing something about it, don't you?
Theodore Honey: Well they wouldn't listen to me and the lever was right there so I just *keh* pulled it.
Monica Teasdale: That's sticking your neck out pretty far isn't it if you just thought it was going to crash?
Theodore Honey: I tried to get them to ground the airplane, they wouldn't ...
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Surprisingly subtle and thoughtful
1 December 2004 | by (Newport, RI) – See all my reviews

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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