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Dead on Course (1952)
"Wings of Danger" (original title)

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When his girlfriend's brother's cargo plane is lost at sea, nagging questions arise, and pilot Richard Van Ness gets caught in a web of blackmail and smuggling.

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Zachary Scott ...
Richard Van Ness
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Nick Talbot
Naomi Chance ...
Avril Talbot
Kay Kendall ...
Alexia LaRoche
Colin Tapley ...
Inspector Maxwell
Arthur Lane ...
Boyd Spencer
Harold Lang ...
Snell, the blackmailer
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Jeannette
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When Richard Van Ness tries to ground dashing pilot Nick Talbot, his girlfriend's brother, from flying an unimportant cargo run in foul weather, he is blackmailed into allowing it because Nick threatens to tell airline boss Boyd Spencer about Van's intermittent blackouts. When Nick's plane apparently crashes near the Channel Islands, there are many nagging questions about the circumstances. Although he is innocent himself of wrongdoing, Van Ness is pressured by the police to aid them in uncovering some of the criminal activities associated with the operation, including blackmail, smuggling gold, and counterfeiting. In order to obtain the information he needs, Van Ness is forced into romancing Boyd's grasping girlfriend, who finds herself very attracted to the flier. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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COUNTERFEIT CARGO! ...a fortune in loot...a fabulous woman...a sinister fugitive!

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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1 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Ian Fleming was the author of the James Bond novels. Diane Cilento was once married to Sean Connery, the first actor to play James Bond in the movies. See more »

Quotes

Avril Talbot: Would you like him to know you're blackmailing me?
Snell, the blackmailer: Blackmail is an old-fashioned word, Miss Talbot.
Avril Talbot: Well, what would you call it?
Snell, the blackmailer: It's business. I'm selling; you're buying. I'm selling a little commodity known as silence.
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Music by De Paula Bana (pseudonym of Winifred Palmer)
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Quota quickie with a touch of the Harry Limes
29 July 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When charismatic Nick Talbot (second billed Robert Beatty) disappears after flying into a storm after his partner Richard Van Ness (gravel-voiced Zachary Scott) has ordered the plane to be grounded, it seems not unlikely that (a) he's up to no good and (b) that we'll see him again before the movie's over. Made on a shoestring at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith but supposedly mainly set in Guernsey, this is quite a clever thriller with lively dialogue, though Richard's liability to black out when flying is too irrelevant. For nostalgic film buffs it's good to see naughty lady Kay Kendall a year before her breakthrough performance in 'Genevieve', Diane Cilento (at one time Mrs Sean Connery) as Nick's fiancée and camp Harold Lang as a blackmailer, but Naomi Chance is a boring heroine. I'd lost track of the malarkey before the end, but the finale has action and excitement.


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