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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
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A bit better than the score on IMDb would now indicate. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
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 ... Egyptian Woman (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)

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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.
A bit better than the score on IMDb would now indicate., 20 November 2010
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

I am sure that in time the overall rating of this film will change, but for now it's only 4.8. You'd think this would indicate that the movie is rather poor, though I thought the film was actually a bit better--and well worth seeing. However, one thing I need to point out is that although it's now on a DVD entitled "Forgotten Noir", this is really not an example of film noir--nor are many films in this series. It lacks the camera-work, dialog and grittiness you'd expect in noir. Instead, it's a rather straight-forward example of a crime film.

The film is set aboard an airliner (a Lockheed Constellation, if you really care). According to IMDb, the markings on the plane kept changing--a silly mistake but it didn't exactly ruin the film. A federal agent is on the plane--following a woman who is involved in some sort of espionage. However, when a dead body is found aboard, it's obvious that there is a killer on the plane! Who did it and how must be discovered before the killer is able to escape.

The film is enjoyable...even if the actual murder weapon is a bit far-fetched. Well-paced, interesting and a very good time-passer.

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