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An navy jet with a defective radio system and a passenger plane get in danger of collision. In flashbacks we learn about the personal problems of the pilots and most of the crew.

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Dick Barnett
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Cheryl Heath
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Dale Heath
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Mike Rule
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Kitty Foster
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Nick Hyland
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McVey
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Louis Capelli
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Gertrude Ross
Donald May ...
Norm Coster
Louis Quinn ...
Sidney Schreiber
Ed Kemmer ...
Caesar (as Edward Kemmer)
Tom Gilson ...
Rob Fermi
Hollis Irving ...
Beatrice Wiley
Paul Genge ...
Samuel N. Poole
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An navy jet with a defective radio system and a passenger plane get in danger of collision. In flashbacks we learn about the personal problems of the pilots and most of the crew. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The most fascinating people the gods of chance ever swept up into high adventure!


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2 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Céu de Agonia  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Trivia

A National Airlines DC-6 was repainted with fictional "Trans States" titles and insignia for a majority of the ground and aerial scenes, with the exception of a few scenes where models were used instead of the real aircraft. See more »

Goofs

When Mike picks up the phone in Kitty's apartment to make a call, the phone has no cord. See more »

Quotes

Gertrude Ross: Actors don't have mothers. They're the only people on earth who give birth to themselves.
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Connections

References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Secret Love
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Music by Sammy Fain
Played when Dale and Anne are at the restaurant
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Paving the way for "Airport"
23 March 2004 | by (Pompton Plains, NJ USA) – See all my reviews

One of the first modern day airline disaster movies, this 1961 film contains all the elements of suspense, humor and drama that one would expect of its genre. With the only drawback of a weak supporting cast, the story line is a solid one.

In this film, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. plays a navy pilot on a collision course with a commercial jet piloted by Dana Andrews. Years later, in one of the later Airport series, the roles are reversed and Andrews plays the pilot of a small plane on a collision course with a commercial aircraft piloted by Efrem Zimbalist.

Troy Donahue does a creditable job as a young sailor hitching a ride with Zimbalist to get home. An interesting device in this film is the close-up thought technique, particularly when used with the character played by Keenan Wynn.

If you consider this film only among the other members of its generation, it comes out well.


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