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

 -  Drama  -  May 1960 (UK)
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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.

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Cast

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 ...
Navigator
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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The aircraft featured in the film is an Avro Ashton 3. It was built as a research aircraft and at the time if filming was being employed by Bristol Siddeley Engines (now Rolls Royce)in engine testing. See more »

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Forgotten airborne drama
9 January 2000 | by (London,England) – See all my reviews

This is quite a good movie with a cast of familiar faces (Peter Cushing, George Sanders, Gordon Jackson). The screenplay is based on David Beaty's novel which was inspired by actual events. In October 1952 one of BOAC's new Comet jetliners crashed at Rome Airport. The accident was due to a design error that allowed the pilot to raise the nose too high on take off and stall the airplane on the ground. The pilot was blamed for the crash and relegated to flying piston engined freighters. The following year another Comet, on a delivery flight to Canadian Pacific Airlines crashed on taking off from Karachi, Pakistan in identical circumstances. Following this accident, design modifications were made to the Comet to prevent further similar incidents.

The movie follows this scenario quite closely, except that Captain Gort, the pilot blamed for the crash (played by Bernard Lee), continues to fly the fictional "Phoenix" jets and subsequently dies in an identical accident. It is left to the Airline's initially sceptical training Captain (Michael Craig) and Captain Gort's daughter (Elizabeth Seal) to clear her father's name and get the airplane modified in the nick of time to prevent a third crash.

Although made on a smallish budget and with some model shots that look a little shaky today, this is a cut above the typical Hollywood airborne disaster epic. Little seen today, especially in it's original 'scope ratio, this deserves more recognition.


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