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Ellen Stryker
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Tony Decker
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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 ...
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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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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 »

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The yoke movements are much exaggerated in comparison to real life, both when the pilots fly, and when the autopilot is engaged. Also, the attitude of the plane in some of the outside views doesn't tally with the cockpit view, for instance turning and descending when the instruments show it in straight and level flight. See more »

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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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Far better than you might have thought...
5 March 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

It's funny, but despite "Zero Hour!" being an excellent and tautly written movie, I found myself laughing periodically throughout the film--and there's a good chance you will too if you watch this movie. It isn't because it's a comedy (far from it), but because the 1980s comedy "Airplane!" is basically a re-make of this 1957--but with all the insane Zucker-Abrams humor. So many times, you'll notice that "Zero Hour!" says the exact same lines and has the exact same plot you'll find in the later comedy film. It's a shame, really, as some might think the folks remade "Zero Hour!" or poked fun of it because it was a bad film--and it's among the best of the air disaster films ever made. Plus, coming back in the 1950s, it was NOT a cliché--but fresh and exciting...unlike later dreck like "Airport '75" and "Airport '79"--films that truly deserved to be parodied and mocked.

The film begins with a guy named Ted Stryker (yes, the same name as the guy Robert Hayes played in "Airplane!") but this time it's played by the ever-dependable Dana Andrews. Like in "Airplane!", he's a combat vet with PTSD and blames himself for the deaths of six pilots--but it happened in Europe, not Macho Grande! And, like in the latter film, tainted fish cause the crew and many of the passengers to become violently ill. And, like the later film, it's up to Andrews and an old WWII pilot who knows him (Sterling Hayden) to talk him through the landing process.

Despite all these similarities, the film is first-rate. Hayden and Andrews are both two of my favorite actors of the era because neither one was a "pretty boy" and they excelled at playing realistic characters--real guys who rise to the occasion when the need arises. Not macho...just real men with real problems and real grit. The script sure helped as well--it didn't seem ridiculous but managed to create wonderful tension and kept me riveted.

Overall, an excellent and often ignored film. See it yourself and see why it as well as "The High and the Mighty" are two airplane disaster movies that manage to pack a lot of entertainment more than 50 years later.


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