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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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Cast

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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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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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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 »

Goofs

When Lovatt died, he had curled up into a fetal position. He would have frozen in that position. When the crew buried him, he was straightened out. 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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Version of Fate Is the Hunter (1964) See more »

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Island in The Sky
(uncredited)
Written by Emil Newman, Hugo Friedhofer and Johnny Lehmann
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I've Loved the book & have had a copy or 2 since 1944 or 45
5 November 2004 | by (Federal Way, Washington) – See all my reviews

I have been trying to purchase the movie for 20 year's or more w/ no luck, I even went to San Juan Island ( where E.K. Gann Lived ), Unfortunately it was right after his death & I would not bother his wife. It's the only movie w\ John Wayne that I ever loved. I haven't seen it in at least 20 or 25 years. I say it was Wayne's Greatest roll, & I would pay almost anything to see it before I die. The only thing that would have made it better, if it had been made in color. The scenery was so beautiful, I don't know where it was filmed, but it sure looked like Northern Labrador or Quebec. I don't get to travel anymore but I send to chamber of commerce & get brochure's. Some book's about similar area's, that one might enjoy, would be book's buy "Farley Mowat", People of The Deer, or "Never Cry Wolf". If you Liked the movie "Island In The Sky" You will LOVE the Book.


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