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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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Ellen Stryker
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Capt. Martin Treleaven
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ...
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)
John Ashley ...
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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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

When Dr. Baird first checks on Joey, he asks Joey to stick out his tongue, but Dr. Baird never looks down his throat, only checking his eyes. 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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Featured in Airplane: Long-Haul Version (2005) See more »

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Zero Hour
Song and Theme composed by Arthur Hamilton
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If you're an Airplane! fan, you've got to see this film.
3 July 2001 | by (St. Louis) – See all my reviews

I was always told that Airplane! was a take off of the Airport movies of the 70s. It might have been, but the main source for the film was Zero Hour! This film is hilarious if you're a big Airplane! fan. As I watched ZH, I was reciting the same Airplane! dialogue in my head. I've never seen two movies that are so similar. It's quite a hoot!


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