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Release Date:
13 November 1957 (USA) See more »
It Builds to the Tensest 50 Minutes in the History of the Screen!
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 »
Leslie Nielsen: 1926 - 2010
 (From IMDb News. 28 November 2010, 9:55 PM, PST)

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The *differences* between this and _Airplane!_ See more (55 total) »


  (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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Also Known As:
81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in "NCIS: Lost & Found (#5.9)" (2007)See more »
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35 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
The *differences* between this and _Airplane!_, 18 July 2004
Author: Tracer from Silicon Valley, Calif.

_Airplane!_ was so closely based on this movie that the list of DIFFERENCES between this movie and _Airplane!_ is shorter than the list of similarities.

Some of the differences between _Zero Hour!_ and _Airplane!_ are:

*) The only two characters with the same names are Ted Striker and Joey.

*) In ZH, Ted Striker's ill-fated air raid during the War was dramatized in its entirety at the beginning of the movie, not reconstructed piecemeal in flashbacks over the course of the film -- although Ted did have a couple of flashbacks in ZH at crucial moments.

*) The flight in ZH is a DC-4 carrying 38 passengers from Calgary to Vancouver, BC. The airspeed indicator for the DC-4 only went up to 250 miles per hour.

*) In ZH, Ellen (the character that became Elaine in _Airplane!_) was Ted Striker's wife, and Joey was his son. Joey was among the unlucky passengers who ate fish (halibut) instead of meat (lamb chops), and he gets so sick that he symbolically breaks the toy airplane the pilot had given him.

*) The pilot in ZH succumbs to food poisoning slowly, and manages to keep the plane under control for an hour or so, thanks to a morphine injection administered by the Doctor, until he finally collapses. The automatic pilot (not inflatable, of course) was already engaged by then.

*) Nothing like the Knute-Rockne-based inspirational speech that the Doctor gave to Ted Striker in _Airplane!_ is anywhere to be found in ZH.

*) In ZH, the unmarried stewardess had a boyfriend on board who tried to cheer up Joey with a glove-puppet.

*) A tense moment happens in ZH where the plane's radio accidentally gets knocked off the proper frequency and Ted Striker is on his own, cut off from communication with the ground, until Ted and Mrs. Striker can find the frequency again. This sequence does not appear in _Airplane!_.

*) In ZH, when the air traffic controllers went looking for Ted Striker's old commanding Captain, they first had to call his babysitter at home (who had Elvis Presley turned up way too loud on the TV to hear them), and then had to call a nightclub where said Captain and his wife were dancing to an equally-loud jazz band.

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