An airliner flying nonstop at night from Miami to New York fails to check in, then disappears from radar. We see how its disappearance affects people on the ground.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ben Gammon
Emmy Verdon
Marshall Keats
Webber's Manager
Harry Einstein ...
Mr. Laurie
Happy Gallant
Felix Allardyce
Dolph Grimes
Stanley Leeds
Mrs. Laurie
Mr. Kramer
Mrs. Kramer


South Coastal Airlines Flight 214, a DC-4 carrying 16 souls and a valuable cargo of frozen seafood, departs uneventfully from Miami International Airport one evening, bound nonstop through the stormy night for Idlewild Airport in New York City. Shortly after takeoff, Air Traffic Control loses all communication with the airplane. Then Flight 214 disappears from their radar scopes. Everyone assumes the plane has crashed or ditched in the ocean, and air/sea rescue is dispatched. We see how the plane's disappearance is received by people on the ground, including: the pilot's brother, a young airline operations officer; the pilot's girlfriend and the other man she is seeing, a hard-drinking newspaper reporter hungry for a story; a callous airline executive, seemingly more concerned about the cargo than the passengers; the pilot's ex-wife, a lounge singer, and her unscrupulous agent; the parents of a newlywed couple returning from their honeymoon in Miami Beach; a kind-hearted champion ... Written by yortsnave

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13 February 1958 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Disaster like film before its peak time

This kind of scheme was largely used in the late sixties and seventies, especially with the AIRPORT series for the big screen; and not only, how many TVMs were talking about disappearance of airliners, or problems the crew and passengers had to deal with? How many? Lots of them. This tale is of course speaking of an airplane who suddenly disappears from the radar screen. And around this, the audience is given an accurate study of several people involved with the passengers or crew of the flight. One scene very shocking, although no spectacular: the one in which the airline executive shows his wrath because of the possible loss, because of the plane disappearance, of a fish shipment destined to restaurants...No matter the passengers. No comment. Interesting drama yarn, perfect for TV, especially without really suspense or climax as we can find for large screen audiences. Deserves to be discovered again, and don't forget this was a direct, live show back in the late fifties. A real performance. Worth watching.

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