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

 -  Crime | Drama | Thriller  -  1 April 1952 (USA)
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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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Cast overview:
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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Richard Van Ness: You're wonderful! You've got a heart of pure steel!
Alexia LaRoche: My future's no dream from a bottle! I've had too much of attic rooms and runs in my stocking and ten cent bar loungers trying to paw me to death not to know what I want out of life and to recognize it when I've got it. All you have to do is hitch ypur wagon, and I'm tossing you the hook!
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Music by De Paula Bana (pseudonym of Winifred Palmer)
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Not great, but at least a decent story
27 June 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

The first Hammer noir I saw was the excellent Hell is a City; and it's a good job too because if the first one I saw was one of the ones I saw after Hell is a City, I probably wouldn't have bothered watching any more! Wings of Danger is directed by Hammer veteran Terence Fisher, who also directed the disappointing Hammer noir The Stranger Came Home. This one is actually slightly better, but there's not a lot in it. Wings of Danger focuses on cargo plane pilot Richard Van Ness. He tries to stop another pilot from flying due to the weather, but is blackmailed into allowing it. The plane crashes and this leads the police to begin questioning Richard about his own affairs. The film is very short at only seventy minutes, and I do have to say that's a good thing because any longer and I've have gotten really tired of it. The plot is always at least fairly interesting and the film does manage to present a handful of interesting characters. The dialogue can be a little suspect at times, but that's not such a bad thing as it's often unintentionally comedic. The film holds the audience's interest for the duration and boils down to an interesting and satisfying conclusion. Overall, I really wouldn't recommend this film, though I wouldn't say it's awful either.


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