Clipper ships taking the shortest route between the Mississippi and the Atlantic often end up on the shoals of Key West in the 1840s. Salvaging the ships' cargos has become a lucrative ... See full summary »
When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely. Written by
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The actual DC-4 airliner used to film the passengers' boarding and flying sequences was a former military Douglas C-54A-10-DC built in 1944. When filmed, the aircraft (then registered as N4726V) was being flown by Transocean Airlines for which the film's writer, Ernest K. Gann, had flown these planes over the Hawaii-California routes. Known as the "The Argentine Queen," before being purchases by Transocean Airlines in 1953, it had been the personal aircraft of the Argentinean dictator Juan Domingo Perón. A little more than a decade after appearing in this film, this airliner and the nine persons on board were lost on March 28, 1964, when the plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 700 miles west of San Francisco. The plane was about eight hours into a charter flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles when the crew reported a serious fire in engine #2. The Coast Guard searched for the aircraft for five days, but no trace of it was ever found. See more »
In the flashback story her husband tells, Clara Joseph falls down some stairs and kicks a waiter's tray in the process. However, when they cut from the closeup of her feet, she is obviously sitting on the bottom step. She then leans back, takes aim, and kicks the tray. She then lies back like it was all one continuous motion. See more »
John Wayne's Finest Film-The Best of the Disaster Films
John Wayne many talents are captured in this 1954 film. Considered by some to be the granddaddy of all disaster films, this film paved the way for the Airport movies and the Irwin Allen disaster movies of the 1970's. The film was a showcase of Hollywood's leading stars of the day. Last shown on network television in Sept. of 1979, HBO in August of 1981 and it's final telecast was on WTBS in Feb. of 1982. President of the Screen Actors Guild in 1980 William Schallert has a small role in the film. Also William Hopper of Perry Mason fame has a small role. This was an important movie in John Wayne's career because not only did he act in it, but he produced as well. A must for all John Wayne fans.
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