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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 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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13 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

714 antwortet nicht  »

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Trivia

To guard against food poisoning FAA regulations forbid the serving of the same type meal (fish, meat or fowl) to a pilot and co-pilot. See more »

Goofs

Although the DC-4 does have windshield wipers, they would not be running constantly during normal flight as shown in the movie. They are primarily only run on the ground. See more »

Quotes

[observing an outbreak of food poisoning sweeping the plane]
Stewardess Janet Turner: What is it, doctor? What's going on?
Dr. Baird: I'm not sure. Unless... what was it we had for dinner tonight?
Stewardess Janet Turner: Well, we had a choice. Steak or fish.
Dr. Baird: Yes... I remember. I had steak. What did he have? The co-pilot?
Stewardess Janet Turner: He had fish.
Dr. Baird: All right. Now we know what we're up against. Every passenger who ate fish for dinner on this plane will become ill within a half-hour after consumption.
Stewardess Janet Turner: Why?
Dr. Baird: I'm very certain now that it has to do with the fish. There seems...
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Composed by Billy Regis
Played by Billy Regis Band (as The Billy Regis Band)
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Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up parodies
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And you thought the dialogue and acting went over the top in "Airplane," huh? Thank you TCM for running this the other day. I had never seen it before, but wait a minute, sure I had... dozens of times. That's what made the ZH viewing such a hoot. ZAZ did such a fine job colorizing "Zero Hour!" I had the whole script memorized. If you have grown slightly weary from repeated "Airplane" yukfests, find a copy of its propellorized progenitor and enjoy the comedy anew. So true is the original to its parody (note the deliberate juxtaposition) I half expected Geoffrey Toone's (Dr. Baird) nose to grow as he attempted to calm the passengers. All that was missing was June Cleaver's "Jive Talkin'!"


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