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Decision Against Time (1957)
"The Man in the Sky" (original title)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  12 July 1957 (USA)
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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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John Mitchell
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Mary Mitchell
Jeremy Bodkin ...
Nicholas Mitchell
Gerard Lohan ...
Walter Fitzgerald ...
Reginald Conway
John Stratton ...
Peter Hook
Eddie Byrne ...
Ashmore
Victor Maddern ...
Joe Biggs
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Keith
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Crabtree
Catherine Lacey ...
Mary's Mother
Megs Jenkins ...
Mrs. Snowden
Ernest Clark ...
Maine
Raymond Francis ...
Jenkins
Russell Waters ...
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The efforts of test pilot John Mitchell to make a better life for his wife Mary and their two children seem doomed to failure and he blames himself. At the Conway Aero-Manufacturing Company of Wolverhampton, Mitchell is to take the company's new rocket-propulsion transport plane up for tests, fully loaded and carrying two important passengers - Ministry official Crabtree and buyer's representative Ashmore. Mitchell learns from his boss, Reg Conway, that if Ashmore does not recommend the plane, the company will be out of business and Mitchell out of a job, since the plane is not even insured as the firm's entire capital is tied up in the plane. Aloft, an engine catches fire and the passengers and other crew bail out, but Mitchell refuses to obey orders to jettison the plane in the Irish Sea. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Dare-devil test pilot takes you on a nerve-tingling adventure! See more »

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12 July 1957 (USA)  »

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The aircraft featured was a TYPE 170 Mark 11A G-AIFV designed and produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company. Although the actual scenes were filmed at Wolverhampton, practice was carried out at Lydd Ferryfield in Kent (now London Ashford Airport). Filming was not without problems and on 15 May 1956 the aircraft overshot the runway, causing quite extensive damage to the nose and wing sections. Following repairs the aircraft returned to operations with Silver City Airways before being scrapped in May 1962. See more »

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great movie

Great movie, english flavour, great performers. Jack Hawkins has been one of the best English actors ever. Aviation fans must ab-so-lu-te-ly see this movie, altough not available in the VHS circuit. As far as I know, this is the only feature film where it is possible to admire the ubiquitous Bristol 170 Freighter. She was a cargo plane built in the late forties by the english aviation firm Bristol. A must for all you aviation minded people. The cast is at his best, the drama and suspense still thrill a lot. Highly reccomended !


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