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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
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Tony Decker
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Stewardess Janet Turner
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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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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This film is parodied in Airplane! (1980), so much so, that the producers of that comedy bought the rights to this movie and used some of the dialogue word for word. See more »

Goofs

In every scene where the radio in the plane is used, the characters are directed to listen with the headsets. In the final scene, Ted Stryker does not use it to listen to Martin Treleaven's congratulations. 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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Referenced in NCIS: Lost & Found (2007) 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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This poor movie
18 May 2006 | by (Spokane, WA) – See all my reviews

I defy anyone to watch this film on its own terms. You sit down in front of the TV with the best will in the world, and then Crazylegs Hirsch asks the little boy if he's ever been in a cockpit before, and suddenly you're rolling on the floor.

What's amazing is how many of the jokes in *Airplane* work even though they parody specific moments in this movie (which fairly few people had seen).

"How about some coffee, Johnny?" "Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking." "He's a menace to himself and everything else in the air!" "Stewardess? I think the man sitting next to me is a doctor." "It's a different kind of flying altogether."

I do wonder why they dropped the Jerry Paris character, who seems like he would have been a rich subject for parody.


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