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Crash Landing (1958)

| Drama | July 1958 (USA)
Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.

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Captain Steve Williams
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Bernice Willouby
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Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.

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Appears to use the same interior sets for the cabin and cockpit as used in "Zero Hour!" (1957) See more »

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Although not stated in the film, the film-makers clearly intended to depict a Douglas DC-7C in the movie. In the exterior scenes, we see the "7 Seas" logo on the vertical fin, and in the close-up scenes of the engines, we see four-blade props and prop spinners as on a DC-7. However, with exception of the logo, the plane shown in the exterior scenes is a DC-4, evident by the more rounded shape of the vertical fin, the length of the aircraft, and no prop spinners. See more »

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A mighty big ocean
2 August 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Compared to the budgets he had at Monogram Sam Katzman must have thought he arrived in money heaven over at Columbia Pictures. Crash Landing is a dime store remake of The High And The Mighty with characters not half as interesting.

Gary Merrill is the martinet captain of the airplane who has a lot of issues, but does know his job. He's married to Nancy Reagan and we get treated to a rather pedestrian domestic disturbance between them and their son Kim Charney over him giving away his bicycle and then both of them lying and covering up the real story.

The passenger stories unlike in The High And The Mighty are just not that interesting, they're not developed at all.

What Crash Landing has going for it is the title itself which kind of gives away what's going to happen. Captain Merrill's airplane develops engine trouble and loses fuel. It will not make the completed run from Lisbon to New York and has to ditch in the mid Atlantic. It's a mighty big ocean and the race to see if rescue ships can be in the vicinity of where Merrill ditches. Those scenes are done well if on the cheap.

Crash Landing, a bargain basement The High And The Mighty.


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