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Flight to Tangier (1953)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 21 November 1953 (USA)
At the Tangier airport, a group of people await the arrival of a mysterious plane from behind the Iron Curtain. The reception committee includes Susan, an American; Gil Walker, a ... See full summary »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Lane
Gil Walker
Col C.M. Wier
Richard Shannon ...
Lt. Bill Luzon
Franz Kovac
Hank Brady
Bob Templeton ...
Madeleine Taylor Holmes ...
Rosario (as Madeleine Holmes)


At the Tangier airport, a group of people await the arrival of a mysterious plane from behind the Iron Curtain. The reception committee includes Susan, an American; Gil Walker, a free-booting pilot; Danzer, a black market operator; and Danzer's girlfriend, Nicki. The plane crashes and burns. No survivors are found, nor are any corpses. Soon the search begins for a missing courier worth $3 million. Written by Ray Hamel <hamel@primate.wisc.edu>

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21 November 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Flug nach Tanger  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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By report, the second of only two 3-D films shot in 3-strip Technicolor (and thus requiring six strips of film); the first was Money From Home (1953). See more »


When Gil, Susan, and Nikki are asleep in the grove, a small plane searching for them wakens them. The branches Gil had previously placed on the car to camouflage it disappear then reappear when the camera changes from the plane to the car. See more »


Nicki: What kind of woman are you?
Susan: As of now, your kind.
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Referenced in No Country for Old Men (2007) See more »

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24 August 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Written and directed by Charles Marquis Warren, Flight to Tangier stars Joan Fontaine, Jack Palance, Corinne Calvet and Robert Douglas. Music is by Paul Sawtell and cinematography by Ray Rennahan.

Tangier airport, and a group of people await the arrival of as plane from behind the Iron Curtain. When said plane crashes and burns, it is found that there are no survivors or indeed any corpses. So exactly where is the missing courier worth $3 million? And just exactly what do these group of people have to do with the crashed plane?

Someone somewhere in a big room full of executives at Paramount Pictures thought this was going to be a great Cold War type thriller. A drama awash with spies, black market dastards, shifty femmes and undercover operatives. Unfortunately what follows is immeasurably dull. A bunch of folk stand around musing about politico guff, then there's a half hearted chase sequence, some more politico guff, another lame chase sequence, and on it goes in the same fashion until the inevitable tepid ending closes the whole sorry picture down.

Fontaine, looking lovely as usual, and Palance give it plenty of gusto, while the Technicolor is nice to take in. But once the poorly scripted contrivances start to take precedence over character dynamics, and the action scenes begin to bore, you realise you have been cheated and feel the need to strangle one of those Paramount executives. So avoid unless you suffer from insomnia. 3/10

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