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The Crowded Sky (1960)

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

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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
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Sidney Schreiber
Ed Kemmer ...
Caesar (as Edward Kemmer)
Tom Gilson ...
Rob Fermi
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Beatrice Wiley
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Samuel N. Poole
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A 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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Pánico en el aire  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.66 : 1
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While Troy Donahue is asking for marriage advice from Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Theme from Summer Place is playing in the background. The year before Crowded Sky, the movie A Summer Place was out with Troy Donahue and Sandra Dee. See more »

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When Heath is talking to McVey at the side of the jet before taking off, Heath takes McVey's helmet from the edge of the cockpit and throws it in his lap. In the next shot, as Heath is getting into his seat, McVey takes his helmet from the edge of the cockpit again. See more »

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Gertrude Ross: You've GOT to get a haircut. And if you have to let the barber give you Novocaine, let 'em!
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Referenced in Feud: Pilot (2017) See more »

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The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
Played at the end of the carnival scene
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Not bad!
28 June 2004 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

Pretty nice movie, interesting for the plot and effects of the time. (And the appearance of a prop airliner, this movie coming right at the transition from the age of propeller planes into the jet age.) People have commented on connections between this movie and "Airport 1975" in that Dana Andrews and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. appear in both, with their roles reversed in each. (Andrews is the pilot of the airliner in this one, Zimbalist is the airline pilot in "Airport 1975.") There is another similarity between the movies, as well, which I won't spoil.

I was sort of surprised to see that this one isn't out on DVD. So many movies are coming out in that format, and there have to be people who would want to own this one. When I was a kid (1980s, maybe the late 1970s) this was on the local TV stations as an afternoon movie several times. So there are plenty of people besides those who caught the original release who might want to own this one.

Also there is something that interests the modern airline passenger in all these airline movies from 20+ years ago.... those larger seats, how polite people were on a plane, and how people used to actually dress up to fly. Ah, as Ray Walston said in "Damn Yankees," those were the good old days!


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