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The President's Plane Is Missing (1973)

An incompetent Vice President is in control of the government after the President's plane mysteriously disappears with him on board.

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Vice President Kermit Madigan
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Mark Jones
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Gunther Damon
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Secretary Of State Freeman Sharkey
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Hester Madigan
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George Oldenburg
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Joanna Spencer
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Gen. Dunbar
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Sen. Bert Haines
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Col. Doug Henderson
Richard Eastham ...
General Colton
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Major Earl Foster (as James B. Smith)
Maida Severn ...
Judy Nance
Ivan Bonar ...
Colonel to Dunbar
Gary Haynes ...
Rod Pitcher
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While on the brink of a military confrontation with China, Air Force One crashes in the desert, killing the President. This brings Vice-President Kermit Madigan to power who, having been left in the dark by the president, must now rely on his predecessor's aides to guide him. But they have markedly different viewpoints and hidden agendas. Will he blunder his way into a nuclear exchange with the Chinese? Written by Alfred Jingle

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23 October 1973 (USA)  »

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El presidente ha desaparecido  »

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This was Tod Andrews's final television appearance before his death on November 7, 1972 at the age of 57. He died almost a year prior to its broadcast. See more »

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The airport that is used to depict Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Maryland, is clearly located in Southern California as a row of Washingtonia robusta palm trees (also known as Mexican fan palms) is visible in the distance at the end of the film. See more »

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well-done adaptation of Serling book ...
10 August 2000 | by (Columbus, OH USA) – See all my reviews

I saw this on TV back in the 1970s, and again on video in the 1990s. It is a well-done political/mystery movie, a pleasant evening's diversion. The cast and plot are solid. I read Robert J. Serling's novel recently; the movie holds up well against the book.


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