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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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In reality, it is not possible that a great scientist should not have considered temperature as a variable factor. The fact that you have to have the same temperature when you repeat and compare experiments, is an absolute basic thing in science that you learn already in high school. See more »

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Dennis Scott: What other games do you play?
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Elspeth Honey: Ology.
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Should be better known
3 January 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I had never heard of this movie when I saw it tonight on TCM. I found it quite rewarding and intriguing as I watched it. The characters growing in their self awareness and in their relationships to one another was a touching aspect of the story. But the high point in the movie to me was Stewart's stand-up defiant and strenuous response to the board of inquiry, so different from his usual retiring character. It brought back those other moments in his previous movies when he stood up to the powers-that-be, such as in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and told them to stuff it. That was quintessential Jimmy Stewart. I'm surprised that none of your other comments took note of this great dramatic moment in the film. I certainly agreed with the majority of your reviewers that this was one fine movie which should be better known.


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