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Maurice Tombragel (screenplay)
John Wilste (original story)
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Release Date:
28 July 1949 (USA) See more »
A fast paced and different kind of mystery thriller See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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Richard Travis ... FBI Agent Steve Blair

Pamela Blake ... Carol, TWA Stewardess

Rochelle Hudson ... Amy Winthrop

Steven Geray ... Bokejian

Greg McClure ... J.S. Conningsby

Steve Pendleton ... Smith (as Gaylord Pendleton)

Michael Whalen ... Ben Howard
Anna Mae Slaughter ... Mary Ann

Ralph Peters ... Joe Kirk

Lisa Ferraday ... Mariette Le Fare
David Holt ... Buford
Dodie Bauer ... Grace Ward

Herbert Evans ... Sir Harry Finneston
Roy Butler ... Mr. Jennings
Jean Clark ... Mrs. Jennings
Bess Flowers ... Mother
John McGuire ... George Eakins
Allan Hersholt ... Courier

Jack Mulhall ... Col. Hanson

George Meeker ... Financier
William F. Leicester ... Captain Fairchild - Pilot (as William Lester)
Jeanne Sorel ... Brunet Stewardess (as Jean Sorel)
Burt Wenland ... Co-Pilot

Directed by
William Berke 
Writing credits
Maurice Tombragel (screenplay)

John Wilste (original story)

Produced by
Robert L. Lippert .... executive producer
William Stephens .... producer
Original Music by
Raoul Kraushaar 
Cinematography by
Carl Berger 
Film Editing by
Edward Mann 
Art Direction by
Martin Obzina 
Set Decoration by
Edward R. Robinson  (as Ray Robinson)
Makeup Department
Earl Young .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melville Shyer .... assistant director
Art Department
Leigh Carson .... property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Frank Moran .... sound
William Randall .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Weeks .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Stax Graves .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
Raoul Kraushaar .... musical director
Other crew
Stanley Price .... dialogue director

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Additional Details

61 min | USA:49 min (DVD)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

Continuity: 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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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Anyone got a pen?, 13 April 2013
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

John McGuire (George Eakins) loves himself and enjoys nothing more than listening to his own broadcasts, inviting others to do so with him! Quite justifiably, someone kills him for this. Or is he killed for another reason? The majority of the story is set upon a flight to LA on which another murder takes place. Whodunnit?

It's pretty obvious whodunnit but that's immaterial to your enjoyment of the film. The cast are all good in this short film that speeds along nicely which is also informative in terms of explaining airline procedure in the event of a dead body on board. Thankfully, no women scream at the sight of the murder victim. In fact, it's quite the opposite as stewardess Pamela Blake (Carol) reacts as if "Oh well, we've got another stiff in the toilet". As air crew are aware, it's not that uncommon for people to snuff it on board.

The film builds tension nicely and provides two short flashback moments to understand a couple of the characters on the flight. Well done to that chap who got away with nicking the money!

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