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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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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
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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.

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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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(WarnerPhonic/RCA Sound System)| (WarnerPhonic/RCA)

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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

Before the plane lands at the beginning of the film, close-ups of the co-pilot looking out the cockpit window shows the plane is encrusted in heavy ice. Medium and long shots show the plane without any ice. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Dooley: They're coming, boys. Boys, they're coming. Boys, they're coming!
[planes fly apast]
Capt. Dooley: I guess we're awful hard to see down here. Harder than we thought.
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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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Island in the Sky
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Free at last. AMC Channel is showing Island in the Sky & The High and the Mighty the weekend of July 16 & 17. Get your recording equipment ready. I have been waiting almost fifty years to see this movie again. I think it was the first time I ever saw John Wayne in a movie. I was about 13. As the hero he was bigger than life to me at the time. He never gave up even if the situation looked hopeless. As I grew older and thought of the movie at times I was even more impressed with his actions. I hope now that the Wayne family has released it to TV they will also release it with a new set of DVDs. I have checked this web site often to see if there were any new info on the release or showing of this movie.


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