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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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Strangers on a plane, 15 June 2016
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

Other reviewers have rated SKY LINER fairly highly, but I must have watched a different movie. The film I saw has a decent and involved set up, but a very long-winded execution that robs the premise of excitement and makes the whole thing more than a little boring. It's one of those hour-long film that feels like it goes on for at least double the running time, it's so drawn out.

The narrative involves a bunch of characters taking a flight across America. Some of them are good (an undercover FBI agent, a dedicated stewardess), and others are very bad indeed (spies working for the Russians, a murderous safebreaker). Greed, treachery, and betrayal ensue, and there's a mild murder mystery for the good guys to solve, but it's all very slow and stately, with little to lift the spirits or the interest of the viewer.

SKY LINER lacks a big name actor to play the protagonist because the one we do get is very bland. The supporting cast don't do much to distinguish themselves either, and some of the choices, such as the laboured comic relief, are very poor indeed, making for irritating viewing. Things do pick up for a great action-packed climax, but by then it's too little, too late.

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