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The High and the Mighty (1954)

 -  Action | Adventure | Drama  -  3 July 1954 (USA)
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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.

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May Holst
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Lydia Rice
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John Sullivan
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Sally McKee
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Ed Joseph
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Gustave Pardee
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Donald Flaherty
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Humphrey Agnew
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Lillian Pardee
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Gonzales (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
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Howard Rice
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Lenny Wilby, navigator
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Hobie Wheeler
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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 Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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3 July 1954 (USA)  »

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William A. Wellman's The High and the Mighty  »

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Producer John Wayne chose Robert Cummings as his co-star for the role of Captain Sullivan. Director William A. Wellman, however, overrode his producer and chose Robert Stack for the part. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Sneed: Hey fella, ain't you Dan Roman?
Dan Roman: Yeah.
Ben Sneed: I heard you whistlin' and I said to myself only one guy does that just so.
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Referenced in Mork & Mindy: The Honeymoon (1981) See more »

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With Catlike Tread Upon Our Prey We Steal
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Music by Arthur Sullivan
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Tiomkin's music gives it greatness. (As usual!)
12 June 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Soundtrack music is important. Try thinking of 'Star Wars' without John Williams' symphonic score, and you'll see what I'm saying. Dimitri Tiomkin knew exactly how to write for this picture, and how to move the audience, for without his classic and at times choral-accentuated theme and the rousing orchestral cues throughout, this would have been merely a good film rather than the near-great film that it is. Had it been made this year, for example, using a contemporary film composer, I believe TH&TM wouldn't carry it off.

There doesn't seem to be a replacement for Tiomkin on the horizon, and we couldn't afford to lose him.

The best lines belong to Jan Sterling (that cosmetics scene is still gripping), Robert Newton, and lovely Claire Trevor, and there's a great low-keyed, anticlimactic finale.

A Nine from me.


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