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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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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
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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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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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The general plot is based on a true story that the author, Ernest Gann related in his 1961 autobiographical book about his flying career, "Fate is the Hunter". He and other pilots searched successfully for a lost fellow pilot in the wilds of northern Canada during World War II. 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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Referenced in Lost in Space: Island in the Sky (1965) See more »

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Blue Waters
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Can't Forget It
27 June 2004 | by (Birmingham, AL) – See all my reviews

I saw Island in the Sky in 1953 as a 6-year-old. I've never seen it again, but I still remember scenes from the movie. Like The Searchers, which I saw when it first came out in 1956, some of John Wayne's work stays with us. His movies had an impact that carries over generations.

I think The High and the Mighty, which came out a year later, overshadowed Island in the Sky. It was a bigger production and it has been shown on TV.

When AMC and other cable networks do their John Wayne retrospectives, they ought to include some of his earlier, lesser-known films such as Island in the Sky. All they ever show are his 1960s westerns and an occasional war film (I saw In Harm's Way last night).


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