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Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1953 (USA)
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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Col. Fuller
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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
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Stankowski
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Frank Lovatt
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D'Annunzia
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Walrus
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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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He Fought Every Futy of Man and Mountain To Get Where His Woman Was! See more »

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Adventure | Drama

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

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Transport plane lost is C47/DC3. See more »

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The US insignia on the fuselage have the red line through the center of the 'wing-portion' around the central star. This was not placed there until post-war ~1947. 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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Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) See more »

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Blue Waters
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Written by Emil Newman and Irving Newman
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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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