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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
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Sidney Schreiber
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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 Mike picks up the phone in Kitty's apartment to make a call, the phone has no cord. 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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It Can't Be Wrong
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Music by Max Steiner
Played when Dale and Cheryl are dancing
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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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