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Release Date:
1 April 1952 (USA) See more »
COUNTERFEIT CARGO! ...a fortune in loot...a fabulous woman...a sinister fugitive!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Zachary Scott ... Richard Van Ness

Robert Beatty ... Nick Talbot
Naomi Chance ... Avril Talbot

Kay Kendall ... Alexia LaRoche
Colin Tapley ... Inspector Maxwell
Arthur Lane ... Boyd Spencer
Harold Lang ... Snell, the blackmailer

Diane Cilento ... Jeannette
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jack Allen ... Tniscott (uncredited)
Russ Allen ... Second Flying Officer (uncredited)
June Ashley ... Sportscar Blonde [extra] (uncredited)
Darcy Conyers ... Signals Officer (uncredited)
Ian Fleming ... Mr. Talbot (uncredited)
Courtney Hope ... Mrs. Clarence, hotel tenant (uncredited)
Aileen Lewis ... Woman in Hotel Lobby (uncredited)
Anthony T. Miles ... Sam, Desk Clerk (uncredited)
June Mitchell ... Sportscar Blonde [extra] (uncredited)
Douglas Muir ... Dr. Wilner (uncredited)
Nigel Neilson ... Duty Officer (uncredited)
Sheila Raynor ... Nurse (uncredited)
Natasha Sokolova ... Sportscar Blonde [extra] (uncredited)
James Steele ... First Flying Officer (uncredited)
Kathleen Stuart ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Larry Taylor ... O'Gorman, henchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Terence Fisher 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
John Gilling 
Trevor Dudley Smith  novel "Dead on Course" (as Elleston Trevor)
Packham Webb  novel "Dead on Course"

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Original Music by
Malcolm Arnold 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Walter Harvey)
Film Editing by
James Needs 
Casting by
Michael Carreras 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei 
Makeup Department
Bill Griffiths .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist
Production Management
Arthur Barnes .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound engineer
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Bryan .... camera operator
Jack Carter .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Harry Oakes .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Trussler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Music Department
Malcolm Arnold .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Bill Luckwell .... publicist (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Wings of Danger" - UK (original title)
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73 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

Did You Know?

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 »
Alexia LaRoche:[getting no response to her advances] You really keep yourself on ice, don't you, Van?
Richard Van Ness:Do I?
Alexia LaRoche:Don't you ever melt?
Richard Van Ness:Yes... sometimes... in the dark.
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5 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not great, but at least a decent story, 27 June 2009
Author: The_Void from Beverley Hills, England

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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