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Island in the Sky -- A transport plane crash-lands in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.


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Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)
Ernest K. Gann (novel)
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Release Date:
5 September 1953 (USA) See more »
A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot... See more » | Full synopsis »
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John Wayne crashes and almost freezes to death See more (64 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Capt. Dooley

Lloyd Nolan ... Captain Stutz

Walter Abel ... Col. Fuller

James Arness ... Mac McMullen

Andy Devine ... Willie Moon
Allyn Joslyn ... J.H. Handy
Jimmy Lydon ... Murray (as James Lydon)

Harry Carey Jr. ... 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

Regis Toomey ... Sgt. Harper

Paul Fix ... Wally Miller
Jim Dugan ... Gidley
George Chandler ... Rene
Louis Jean Heydt ... Fitch (as Louis Heydt)

Bob Steele ... Wilson

Darryl Hickman ... Swanson

Mike Connors ... Gainer (as Touch Connors)

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Sonny Hopper (as Carl Switzer)
Cass Gidley ... Stannish
Herbert Anderson ... Breezy (as Guy Anderson)
Anthony De Mario ... Ogden (as Tony De Mario)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Billy Lee Aimone ... (uncredited)
Dawn Bender ... Murray's Wife (uncredited)
Gene Coogan ... Stutz's Navigator (uncredited)

Ann Doran ... Moon's Wife (uncredited)
Ed Fury ... Server in Officer's Mess (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Tom Irish ... Dusty - McMullen's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Billy Lunde ... (uncredited)

Fess Parker ... Fitch's Co-Pilot (uncredited)
Richard Walsh ... (uncredited)
Michael Wellman ... Mike Moon (uncredited)
Tim Wellman ... Jim Moon (uncredited)

William A. Wellman ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Phyllis Winger ... Margaret - Girl in Flashback (uncredited)

Directed by
William A. Wellman 
Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)

Ernest K. Gann (novel "Island in the Sky")

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer (uncredited)
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Emil Newman 
Hugo Friedhofer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
Art Direction by
James Basevi 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst  (as Ralph Hurst)
Makeup Department
Web Overlander .... makeup artist
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Andrew V. McLaglen .... assistant director (as Andrew McLaglen)
Art Department
Joe LaBella .... property man (as Joseph La Bella)
Sound Department
Ed Borschell .... dialogue recording
Earl Crain Sr. .... dialogue recording
William A. Mueller .... sound: WarnerPhonic (as William Mueller)
Special Effects by
Alex Weldon .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Christy .... stills
William H. Clothier .... aerial cameraman (as William Clothier)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Carl Walker .... wardrobe
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Arthur Lange .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
Emil Newman .... musical director (uncredited)
Herbert W. Spencer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Lloyd Young .... music editor (uncredited)
Other crew
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Ernest K. Gann .... technical advisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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109 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (WarnerPhonic/RCA Sound System) | 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA)
Australia:PG | Finland:S | Sweden:Btl | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (PCA #16574) | West Germany:12 (f)

Did You Know?

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 »
Factual errors: 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 »
Capt. Dooley:[to navigator Murray] You're a lousy guy to sleep with.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Our Gang Story (1994) (V)See more »
Blue WatersSee more »


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25 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
John Wayne crashes and almost freezes to death, 9 July 1999
Author: Marta from United States

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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