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No Highway in the Sky (1951)

No Highway (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 21 September 1951 (USA)
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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Storyline

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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Trivia

Dietrich chose her wardrobe from the newest Christian Dior collection and charged it to the studio. She decided that the fur stole they had wasn't ample enough for her character so she threw on a mink cape and used the stole as a collar piece to get the luxurious look she wanted. See more »

Goofs

On the flight to Labrador, the wing outside Honey's window keeps appearing and disappearing. See more »

Quotes

Elspeth Honey: When my father's thinking, I keep very quiet.
Dennis Scott: What about your mother? Does she help you keep quiet?
Elspeth Honey: My mother is dead, Mr. Scott, the V-2 in the war.
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Featured in Boom! Hollywood's Greatest Disaster Movies (2000) See more »

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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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