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Trouble in the Sky (1960)

Cone of Silence (original title)
Approved | | Drama, Thriller | May 1960 (UK)
In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.

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Michael Craig ...
Capt. Hugh Dallas
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Capt. Clive Judd
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Capt. George Gort
Elizabeth Seal ...
Charlotte Gort
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Sir Arnold Hobbes
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Capt. Edward Manningham
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Capt. Jock Bateson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...
Capt. Braddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Noel Willman ...
Nigel Pickering
Delphi Lawrence ...
Joyce Mitchell
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Mr. Robinson
William Abney ...
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Jack Hedley ...
First Officer
Simon Lack ...
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Hedger Wallace ...
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A seasoned pilot is condemned for an error which causes a crash. The pilot later dies in a crash with similar circumstances and an examiner looks for scientific reasons for the crashes. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Jet crash mystery solved !!! Where does the blame belong ? Is it the plane ? Is is the pilot ? Is it a plot ?

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The film is based on the novel Cone of Silence by David Beaty, published in London, in 1959. See more »

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The McGuffin is weak
12 March 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This film had good actors and good direction, and it was worth the few dollars that I spent on the DVD. However I was disappointed by the weak McGuffin.

That is the term invented by Alfred Hitchcock for the key ingredient in the plot that everyone is chasing -- the jewels, the microfilm, the beautiful princess or whatever. In this case the McGuffin was the rather obvious fact that under hot and humid conditions the air is less dense and therefore a higher speed is needed to take off a plane. It seems incredible that all those talented designers and skilled pilots seem to have missed the McGuffin until the final scene.


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