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The High and the Mighty -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)
Ernest K. Gann (novel)
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Release Date:
3 July 1954 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
The 2-year best seller blasts to the screen with every kind of love there is! See more »
Plot:
When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 win & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Muzzy Marcellino's movie! See more (156 total) »

Cast

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John Wayne ... Dan Roman

Claire Trevor ... May Holst

Laraine Day ... Lydia Rice

Robert Stack ... John Sullivan

Jan Sterling ... Sally McKee

Phil Harris ... Ed Joseph

Robert Newton ... Gustave Pardee
David Brian ... Ken Childs
Paul Kelly ... Donald Flaherty

Sidney Blackmer ... Humphrey Agnew
Julie Bishop ... Lillian Pardee

Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Gonzales (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)

John Howard ... Howard Rice
Wally Brown ... Lenny Wilby, navigator

William Campbell ... Hobie Wheeler

Ann Doran ... Clara Joseph

John Qualen ... Jose Locota

Paul Fix ... Frank Briscoe
George Chandler ... Ben Sneed
Joy Kim ... Dorothy Chen
Michael Wellman ... Toby Field

Douglas Fowley ... Alsop

Regis Toomey ... Tim Garfield

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer ... Ensign Keim (as Carl Switzer)
Robert Keys ... Lieutenant Mowbray

William Hopper ... Roy (as William Dewolf Hopper)

William Schallert ... Dispatcher
Julie Mitchum ... Susie Wilby
Doe Avedon ... Miss Spalding

Karen Sharpe ... Nell Buck
John Smith ... Milo Buck
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scotty Beckett ... Coast Guard Navigator (uncredited)
John Close ... Mechanic (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Mrs. Joseph's Doctor (uncredited)

Robert Easton ... Cargo Clerk (uncredited)
Dorothy Ford ... Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
Al Hill ... San Francisco Ground Crewman (uncredited)
William Hudson ... Reporter (uncredited)
John Indrisano ... Radar Operator (uncredited)
Douglas Kennedy ... Boyd, Reporter (uncredited)
David Leonard ... Scientist (uncredited)
Al Murphy ... Lighthouse Dispatcher (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
Walter Reed ... Mr. Field (uncredited)
Philip Van Zandt ... Mr. Wilson (uncredited)
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Directed by
William A. Wellman 
 
Writing credits
Ernest K. Gann (screenplay)

Ernest K. Gann (novel "The High and the Mighty")

Produced by
Robert Fellows .... producer (uncredited)
John Wayne .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Archie Stout (photographed by)
 
Film Editing by
Ralph Dawson 
 
Art Direction by
Alfred Ybarra  (as Al Ybarra)
 
Set Decoration by
Ralph S. Hurst (set decorations) (as Ralph Hurst)
 
Makeup Department
Loren Cosand .... makeup artist
Margaret Donovan .... hair stylist
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)
Patrick Wayne .... props assistant (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John K. Kean .... sound recording
 
Special Effects by
Robert A. Mattey .... special effects (as Robert Mattey)
 
Stunts
Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
Bill Keating .... DC-4 stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
William H. Clothier .... aerial photography (as William Clothier)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Gwen Wakeling .... wardrobe designer
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Paul Marquardt .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
John Qualen .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
David Tamkin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Dimitri Tiomkin .... music arranger: "Aloha Oe", "Kaua I Ka Hua Hua'i" and "The Barber of Seville" (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Wm. H. Benge .... technical advisor
Robert C. Cannom .... technical advisor: U.S.C.G. (as Lt. Commander Robert M. Cannom)
Sam Freedle .... script supervisor
Loren Riebe .... camera plane pilot
Muzzy Marcellino .... whistler: dubbing for John Wayne (uncredited)
 

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  • Post Logic Studios  digital restoration (uncredited)
  • Transocean Air Lines  our sincere appreciation for the technical advice and cooperation given us by (as Transocean Air Lines, Oakland, California)
  • United States Coast Guard  we wish to thank: for their cooperation and advice (as the United States Coast Guard)
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"William A. Wellman's The High and the Mighty" - UK (complete title), USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
147 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (WarnerColor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo | Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (TV rating) | Finland:K-8 | Netherlands:AL (orginal rating) | Sweden:15 | UK:U | UK:U (video rating) (2007) | USA:Approved (PCA #16801) | West Germany:12 (f)

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Trivia:
Although it is widely believed that the DC-4 airliner used to film the passengers' boarding and flying sequences was the same plane which was lost on March 28, 1964, when the plane (a former military Douglas C-54A-10-DC built in 1944, registered as N4726V, and known as the "The Argentine Queen") crashed into the Pacific Ocean about 700 miles west of San Francisco, this is a myth. As verified by the log book of the Transocean Airlines pilot who flew the DC-4 in the film, Captain Bill Keating (see his letter to the editor in the Transocean Airlines newsletter of February 2008, page 6), the actual airplane used in the film was the Transocean Airlines DC-4 "African Queen," registration number N-4665V.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When stewardess Spalding was preparing the liquor drinks, a problem with the plane caused a severe vibration. The table and the drinks shook, jumped and nearly fell, yet she did not shake, nor did the walls, or the curtain right behind her.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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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Semper ParatusSee more »

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29 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Muzzy Marcellino's movie!, 3 March 2002
Author: jimor (jimor2@yahoo.com) from Milwaukee, Wis. USA

The High and the Mighty might be called Muzzy Marcellino's movie since it was his wonderful, masterful whistling of the theme that made this movie not just good, but great. It is a pity that his talents were not more appreciated, but then most people think that anyone can whistle a sonorous tune. Far from it! Very few people could whistle in orchestral color and range which is what this man did for Dimitri Tiomkin's wonderful score which well deserved the 1955 Academy Award for "Best Music" and Scoring. Yes, John Wayne did indeed make the film his own and turned in a multi-layered performance, and yes, this is the granddaddy of the 'disaster films,' which has never been surpassed in quality, but its distinction is not the primacy, nor the casting, nor even the story by a professional pilot, but the distinctive music - distinctly rendered - which one may not notice at first, but which imbues this non-epic with the caliber of stardom.

I can remember when I was in high school in the '60s some ten years after the movie was released (I have never seen it since) and Mr. Marcellino was a guest at one of our assemblies and demonstrated his amazing versatility at whistling and even performed the letters of the alphabet as an example of how he had mastered his craft. His range was phenomenal as he portrayed the instruments of the orchestra and then performed the entire Rhapsody in Blue as well as popular works all by whistling without accompaniment, but admitted that the theme for TH&TM was his proudest achievement. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has never recognized the contributions of all musical forms to the success of pictures as gauged from their mention in passing at the annual telecast Oscar ceremonies, but if they had, this singular performance would have been guaranteed a Special Oscar. Truly, once it is heard, neither it nor the film can ever be forgotten, but will haunt one for years to come! This classic film is the fitting epitaph for Messrs. Wayne, Tiomkin, and Marcellino. Would that we all could be remembered for such an achievement.

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