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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Hailey (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
13 November 1957 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
It Builds to the Tensest 50 Minutes in the History of the Screen!
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Leslie Nielsen: 1926 - 2010
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Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up parodies See more (47 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dana Andrews ... Lt. Ted Stryker

Linda Darnell ... Ellen Stryker

Sterling Hayden ... Capt. Martin Treleaven
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ... Capt. Bill Wilson
Geoffrey Toone ... Dr. Baird

Jerry Paris ... Tony Decker
Peggy King ... Stewardess Janet Turner
Charles Quinlivan ... Harry Burdick

Patricia Tiernan ... Mrs. Joan Wilson (as Carole Eden)

Steve London ... First Officer Walt Stewart
Jo Ann Wade ... Treleaven's Baby Sitter
Ray Ferrell ... Joey Stryker (as Raymond Ferrell)
John Ashley ... TV Singer

Willis Bouchey ... British Army Doctor
Robert Stevenson ... Air Traffic Controller
Maxine Cooper ... Sick Plane Passenger
Mary Newton ... Plane Passenger with Rosary Beads
David Thursby ... Whitmond - the Argo Fan
Will Sage ... Vancouver Radar Controller
Noel Drayton ... Vancouver Control Man
Will J. White ... Vancouver Policeman (as Will White)
Fintan Meyler ... Hysterical Woman

Hope Summers ... Mrs. Summers
Larry Thor ... Vancouver Radio Dispatcher
Richard Keith ... Station Manager
Russell Thorson ... Vancouver Flight Dispatcher
Arthur Hanson ... Reporter
Roy Gordon ... Frank Graham
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Woody Chambliss ... Whitmond's Drinking Buddy (uncredited)

William Conrad ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Duane Grey ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
S. John Launer ... Vancouver Switchboard Operator (uncredited)
James Maloney ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
William H. O'Brien ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Katherine Warren ... Mrs. Purdy - Landlady (uncredited)
John Zaremba ... Passenger with Sick Wife (uncredited)
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Directed by
Hall Bartlett 
 
Writing credits
Arthur Hailey (screenplay) &
Hall Bartlett (screenplay) &
John C. Champion (screenplay) (as John Champion)

Arthur Hailey (teleplay "Flight Into Danger")

Produced by
John C. Champion .... producer
Hall Bartlett .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Ted Dale 
 
Cinematography by
John F. Warren (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John C. Fuller 
 
Production Design by
Boris Leven 
 
Set Decoration by
Ross Dowd 
 
Makeup Department
Steve Drumm .... makeup artist
Kay Shea .... hair stylist
Lillian Shore .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Lee Lukather .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buddy Messinger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Tom Coleman .... property master
Ben Mantz .... sketch artist
 
Sound Department
Lyle Figland .... sound recordist
Charles Grenzbach .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Norman O'Skeete .... special effects
Al Henley .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Morris .... camera operator (uncredited)
Gene Polito .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eddie Armand .... wardrobe (as Eddie Armand Scheffer)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ted Dale .... conductor
 
Other crew
Newt Arnold .... assistant to producer
Wink Blair .... executive secretary
Harold Cope .... technical advisor
Joan Eremin .... script supervisor (as Joan Eremin Buck)
Paul Mantz .... night aerial footage (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
81 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Linda Darnell, who played Ellen Stryker, was actually married to an airline pilot in real life at the time the movie was filmed.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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:
[observing an outbreak of food poisoning sweeping the plane]
Stewardess Janet Turner:What is it, doctor? What's going on?
Dr. Baird:I'm not sure. Unless... what was it we had for dinner tonight?
Stewardess Janet Turner:Well, we had a choice. Steak or fish.
Dr. Baird:Yes... I remember. I had steak. What did he have? The co-pilot?
Stewardess Janet Turner:He had fish.
Dr. Baird:All right. Now we know what we're up against. Every passenger who ate fish for dinner on this plane will become ill within a half-hour after consumption.
Stewardess Janet Turner:Why?
Dr. Baird:I'm very certain now that it has to do with the fish. There seems to have been contaminated seafood brought on the plane.
Stewardess Janet Turner:How could the fish be contaminated? The airline checks all foods prior to departure.
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Airplane! (1980)See more »
Soundtrack:
Zero HourSee more »

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32 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up parodies, 9 September 2003
Author: wlsweather

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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