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Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1953 (USA)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

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Mac McMullen
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Willie Moon
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J.H. Handy
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Murray (as James Lydon)
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Ralph Hunt
Hal Baylor ...
Stankowski
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Frank Lovatt
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D'Annunzia
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Walrus
Frank Fenton ...
Capt. Turner
Robert Keys ...
Maj. Ditson
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Lt. Cord
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

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With All the White Hell of the Wasteland Against Him Dooley Was Beating His Way Back! See more »

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5 September 1953 (USA)  »

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William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky  »

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$967,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The little yellow radio shown in the movie was a actual radio. Its design is based on a WWII German emergency transmitter. It is a BC-778/SCR-578/AN-CRT3 emergency transmitter (it could not receive) affectionately called 'Gibson Girl', a name taken from the narrow-waisted female drawings of 1890s fashion artist Charles Gibson. Its shape allowed the operator to hold it between the legs while cranking it the necessary 80 RPM to produce enough electricity to operate. It could be set to automatically send an SOS signal or switched to send Morse Code signals. Early models transmitted only on 500kHz, later models also could transmit on 8280kHz (later modified to 8364kHz). It was notorious for being tough to crank. See more »

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The transport planes are marked "United States Air Force" and have the letters USAF on the underside of the wing. The U.S. Air Force did not become an independent service until 1947. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Dooley: I'll shoot the first one of ya to leave camp. I'll aim for your legs. I may miss and hit ya in the back of the head. Either way serves ya right.
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Connections

Referenced in Lost in Space: Island in the Sky (1965) See more »

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Island in The Sky
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Written by Emil Newman, Hugo Friedhofer and Johnny Lehmann
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John Wayne crashes and almost freezes to death
9 July 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my husband's favorite films, but he won't write reviews so it's up to me. Wayne and his crew crash in a bitterly cold mountainous region, and spend the rest of the film trying to contact someone to rescue them. Their radio is out, and all they have is a hand-cranked signal device that must be continuously operated if they have a chance of being found. They slowly lose crewmen as the hours go by to injuries and the cold. Will they be rescued?

We've got an old copy of "Island in the Sky" on tape or I would never have been able to write this review since it was made before I was born. This film is one of the Wayne estate's hostage's; it's mired in legal battles and who knows when it will ever be out. The same used to be true of "McClintock", but that eventually came out, so there is hope.


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