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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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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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1 April 1952 (USA)  »

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Dead on Course  »

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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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Never Takes Flight
28 March 2015 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

In England, American air traffic controller Zachary Scott (as Richard Van Ness) orders his playboy pilot pal Robert Beatty (as Nick Talbot) not to fly, due to an approaching storm. The warning is ignored and a mishap occurs. This results in Mr. Scott, who suffers from blackouts, to discover illegal smuggling is suspected at the airport. Scott's blackouts are the reason he won't marry girlfriend Naomi Chance (as Avril Talbot). She is Mr. Beatty's sister and expects Scott to look after the reckless man. None of this is very exciting, as even Terence Fisher's characters seem disinterested. Although it doesn't help much, things pick up with a fight and car crash near the end. Also, beautiful Kay Kendall (as Alexia La Roche) appears, on the verge of fame; she later married actor Rex Harrison and died, way too soon, of leukemia.

**** Wings of Danger (4/1/52) Terence Fisher ~ Zachary Scott, Robert Beatty, Naomi Chance, Kay Kendall


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