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Island in the Sky (1953)

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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... See full summary »

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Captain Stutz
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Col. Fuller
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Mac McMullen
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Willie Moon
Allyn Joslyn ...
J.H. Handy
Jimmy Lydon ...
Murray (as James Lydon)
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Ralph Hunt
Hal Baylor ...
Stankowski
Sean McClory ...
Frank Lovatt
Wally Cassell ...
D'Annunzia
Gordon Jones ...
Walrus
Frank Fenton ...
Capt. Turner
Robert Keys ...
Maj. Ditson
Sumner Getchell ...
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. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Adventure | Drama

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Release Date:

5 September 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky  »

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$967,000 (estimated)
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(WarnerPhonic/RCA Sound System)| (WarnerPhonic/RCA)

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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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Hearing an incorrect latitude reading, Dooley says it could put them in Paris, Vladivostok, or Bangor ME, "all on the same latitude". The last two cities are at latitudes 43.1° and 44.8° north, which might be considered roundly the same, but Paris is significantly farther north at 48.8°. As a pilot with experience on Atlantic flights, Dooley would certainly know this. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Dooley: I know you're down in the middle of a big nowhere. They're all dependant. I ate today and it's still strong. But tomorrow. So find food, that's number one. Find out where nowhere is, that's number two. And you can help the others find nowhere. They'll come, they won't leave you alone waiting on a pin point of nowhere.
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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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It Was Like seeing A new John Wayne movie!
1 September 2005 | by (Minot North Dakota) – See all my reviews

It has been years since I saw the Shootist in a Theater and often wish I could see a John Wayne movie I have never seen, I just did, Island in the Sky was a movie I have never seen... ever. and on DVD on my Big screen it was like seeing the Duke in a new movie... And the best part it was probably one of his best. The bad part...where the heck has this been? Stunning photography mostly on location, great airborne shots. Good tense drama. The only thing is I wish they would have picked another actor to portray the sobbing you married man, he was just too over the top, the rest of the cast was fun. The DVD had some fun extras on the writer and director as well as making of... I just showed it to some friends and they agree this was a real lost gem of a movie!


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