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Trouble in the Sky (1960)
"Cone of Silence" (original title)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Thriller  |  May 1960 (UK)
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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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
Marne Maitland ...
Mr. Robinson
William Abney ...
First Officer
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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Bernard Lee and Peter Cushing
23 May 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1960's "Trouble in the Sky" (British title "Cone of Silence") is an excellent airplane drama featuring as fine a cast as could be found in British films that year. At the center of it all is future 'M' in the James Bond series, Bernard Lee as Captain George Gort, who is found guilty of pilot error after a recent crash of the new Phoenix resulted in the death of his co-pilot. Captain Edward Manningham (Andre Morell) leaves Gort's fate in the judgment of examiner Hugh Dallas (Michael Craig), whose subsequent test is passed with flying colors, enabling Gort to continue his career, having logged more miles in the air than all the other pilots combined. One such pilot is Captain Clive Judd (Peter Cushing), who believes in Gort's guilt, conspiring to undermine him and have him reassigned to a ground position. Gort's rock solid convictions are so trustworthy that we too believe him to be innocent of any negligence, so it's quite a shock when similar circumstances result in an identical crash, this time killing the dedicated pilot. By now, Dallas too is convinced that the fault lies elsewhere, with the comeuppance of the arrogant Judd a key factor in finding the truth. Based on the actual 1953 case of the DeHavilland Comet, Britain's first passenger jet airliner, the remainder of the cast comes off like a Who's Who of vintage 60s cinema: Gordon Jackson, Charles Tingwell, Noel Willman, Marne Maitland, Jack Hedley, Charles Lloyd Pack, Anthony Newlands, Gerald Sim, and Geoffrey Bayldon. Of special mention is the supporting presence of George Sanders, coming off the heroic "Village of the Damned" and the villainous "Bluebeards Ten Honeymoons," here in more typical form as smarmy attorney Sir Arnold Hobbes, his damning courtroom highjinks convicting the innocent Gort. As for second-billed Peter Cushing, he makes just one appearance before the film's second half, beginning a string of nine consecutive non genre features in a failed effort to avoid the horror typecasting that Christopher Lee also feared.


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