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No Highway in the Sky (1951)
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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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21 September 1951 (USA)  »

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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 »

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At the end of the picture Honey recalculates to take into account the test example being in a 'heated shed' whereas at the beginning of the picture you can see people's breath while they are talking, you don't see that in a 'heated shed'. See more »

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Monica Teasdale: The scientist says the plane is going to crash, the captain says it's not. Your vote doesn't count because you have to side with the captain which means it's a tie.
[the propellers slow]
Monica Teasdale: What's that?
Marjorie Corder: He seems to be saving fuel.
Monica Teasdale: He wouldn't do that without a reason.
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Great drama with a great deal of humor...
25 July 2004 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

This is one of the better examples of how to craft a drama with just enough humor to lighten the load at just the right times. Most of the credit has to go to Jimmy Stewart, who infuses his character with hilarious absent-mindedness. We constantly have a chuckle at Theodore Honey, yet all the while we are witness to his personal metamorphosis from disinterested and detached scientist to caring and energetic activist.

The whole movie uses technology as the vehicle within which the protagonist lives, works, and eventually changes, but this movie is not about nuts and bolts; it is ultimately about personal transformation - Nothing is the same for Mr. Honey by the end of the film. The joy is watching the transformation, bit by bit, as events literally overtake him.


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