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Sky Liner (1949)

Approved | | Drama, Thriller | 28 July 1949 (USA)
FBI Agent Steve Blair finds himself caught up in Cold War espionage when he boards a plane heading west. Some sensitive papers have disappeared and Steve must keep tabs on a suspect without giving himself away.

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FBI Agent Steve Blair
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Carol, TWA Stewardess
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Amy Winthrop
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Bokejian
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J.S. Conningsby
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Smith (as Gaylord Pendleton)
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Ben Howard
Anna Mae Slaughter ...
Mary Ann
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Joe Kirk
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Mariette Le Fare
David Holt ...
Buford
Dodie Bauer ...
Grace Ward
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Sir Harry Finneston
Roy Butler ...
Mr. Jennings
Jean Clark ...
Mrs. Jennings

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FBI Agent Steve Blair finds himself caught up in Cold War espionage when he boards a plane heading west. Some sensitive papers have disappeared and Steve must keep tabs on a suspect without giving himself away.

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Two different TWA planes are used although they're supposed to be the same plane. One is the Star of Cairo, with the Arabic translation beneath, and the other is the Star of France, with L'Etoile de France under it. See more »

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Dumb Cold War Espionage Drama
11 July 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

When Sky Liner came out in 1949 this was Lippert Pictures trying to take advantage of current headlines involving espionage in the State Department. Joe McCarthy was a year away from his famous accusations in Wheeling, West Virginia about the Communists in government. But in 1949 Secretary Of State Dean Acheson was defending himself against right wing attacks about the Red Menace invading our State Department. Also remember that the Hiss case was coming to a head as well.

So what we have in Sky Liner is spy Rochelle Hudson, secretary to a State Department bigwig apparently ready to defect. A Communist takes her boss's place after killing him and the two are on the way to a conference. You have to believe there's going to be a defection because once they discover the real boss's body, it's all over. And that's supposing no one at the conference will realize there's a phony planted among the delegates.

Never fear because the FBI in the person of Richard Travis has her in his sights for a while and he also might get a twofer because foreign agent Stephen Bekassy is also on this transcontinental flight. It turns out as films in this era always did with the FBI protecting us from Red secretaries.

Sky Liner is one of the dumbest films from the Cold War I've ever seen and one of the dumbest from Lippert studios. And that is going some.


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