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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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13 November 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

714 antwortet nicht  »

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Trivia

S. John Launer (Switchboard Operator) and Willis Bouchey (British Army Doctor) went on to bigger and better things appearing as judges in the Perry Mason (1957) series. 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

[last lines]
Treleaven: Ted, that was probably the lousiest landing in the history of this airport. But there are some of us here, particularly me, who would like to buy you a drink and shake your hand. We're coming over.
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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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