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Zero Hour! (1957)

Approved | | Thriller, Drama | 13 November 1957 (USA)
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

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Ellen Stryker
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Capt. Martin Treleaven
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Capt. Bill Wilson
Geoffrey Toone ...
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Tony Decker
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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)
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TV Singer
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British Army Doctor
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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)  »

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714 antwortet nicht  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The flight number of the plane in this film is 714. Peggy King, who plays stewardess Janet, was in an episode of Dragnet (1951)), a series that was also known as "Badge 714". 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

Ellen Stryker: Ted, what are you doing? You can't fly this plane!
Lt. Ted Stryker: That's what I've been trying to tell these people, Ellen. But they seem to have other ideas.
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Connections

Remake of Flight Into Danger (1956) See more »

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The Gliss Jump
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
9 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

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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