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Director:
Writers:
Arthur Hailey (screenplay) &
Hall Bartlett (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 »
NewsDesk:
Leslie Nielsen: 1926 - 2010
 (From IMDb News. 28 November 2010, 9:55 PM, PST)

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The actual movie that is spoofed by "Airplane!" 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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81 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The flight number of the plane in this film is 714. Peggy King, who plays stewardess Janet, was in an episode of "Dragnet" (1951)), a series that was also known as "Badge 714".See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Lt. Ted Stryker:[enters the cockpit] Oh doctor, the stewardess said...
[Stryker sees the pilot and co-pilot seats empty and the plane on automatic pilot]
Lt. Ted Stryker:BOTH pilots?
Dr. Baird:Can you fly this airplane and land it?
Lt. Ted Stryker:Not a chance!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: Lost & Found (#5.9)" (2007)See more »
Soundtrack:
The Gliss JumpSee more »

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24 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
The actual movie that is spoofed by "Airplane!", 2 January 2005
Author: michael-784 from United States

Ignore reader comments that say that the movie "Airplane!" by Abrahams, Zucker and Zucker is a "rip-off" of "Zero Hour." Airplane was a SPOOF of Zero Hour - not a rip-off. One would think "Airplane!" was a spoof on "Airport" - and in a way it was, but watch "Zero Hour" and you'll see their real inspiration.

If watch Airplane first, then Zero Hour, you'll find Zero Hour to be a very (unintentionally) funny COMEDY! The AIRPLANE writers even pulled one ridiculous line from Zero Hour, untouched: "The life of everybody on board depends on one thing. Finding somebody on board who not only can fly the plane, but didn't have fish for dinner."

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