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Zero Hour! (1957)

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A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ellen Stryker
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Capt. Martin Treleaven
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ...
Capt. Bill Wilson
Geoffrey Toone ...
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Tony Decker
Peggy King ...
Stewardess Janet Turner
Charles Quinlivan ...
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Mrs. Joan Wilson (as Carole Eden)
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First Officer Walt Stewart
Jo Ann Wade ...
Treleaven's Baby Sitter
Ray Ferrell ...
Joey Stryker (as Raymond Ferrell)
John Ashley ...
TV Singer
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British Army Doctor
Robert Stevenson ...
Air Traffic Controller
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Storyline

A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because 'Airplane' was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie.. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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It Builds to the Tensest 50 Minutes in the History of the Screen!

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Thriller | Drama

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Approved | See all certifications »
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13 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

714 antwortet nicht  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Linda Darnell, who played Ellen Stryker, was actually married to an airline pilot in real life at the time the movie was filmed. See more »

Goofs

Although the subject plane is a C-54/DC-4, several of the exterior shots used stock footage of DC-6, M-404, CV-240 planes. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: Come on, move up here, you can see better.
[takes out a toy DC-4]
Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: Joey, here's something we give our special visitors. Would you like to have it?
Joey Stryker: Thank you! Thanks a lot?
Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: You ever been in a cockpit before?
Joey Stryker: No, sir! I've never been up in a plane before!
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Spoofed in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Zero Hour
Song and Theme composed by Arthur Hamilton
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A template for more than Airplane!>
6 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Yes the others are spot on when Airplane! is invoked...but I think a truly great film maker also watched and lifted the character of Zero Hour! Stanley Kubrick. The cockpit scenes are so Dr Strangelove looking and feeling that one has to consider if this is where Kubrick looked for production design inspiration for the classic Slim Pickens scenes. Certainly looks and feels that way to this viewer. A Kubrick documentary has some bits about how the Dept of Defense was very curious about how accurate Stanley was in the instruments and layout of the Strangelove plane. Watch ZH and I think its pretty odvious. And a big Thank You TCM for putting Airplane! and ZH back-to-back for what is undoubtedly great film viewing.


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