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The High and the Mighty (1954)
Literally the worst movie I have ever seen
Actually, I haven't seen it. I've seen the first 40 minutes. I just couldn't take it anymore.
I had high hopes for this movie. I enjoy John Wayne films, I see past his status as a cultural icon and regard him as a solid actor and top notch leading man. I've seen a number of his films. So when this DVD was presented to me as a gift, I was looking forward to it.
I viewed the introduction by Leonard Maltin, and figured that if he would bother to recommend it, then it might be a forgotten classic.
Now, I don't care if the movie is dated. I like old movies, they are like a bridge to the past. But the interaction between characters is cringe inducing and just bizarre. For example, why would a man putting his young son on a plane randomly say to the fellow at the desk that his wife is brunette and very beautiful? Would a flight attendant accept the gift of a watch from an eccentric older fellow, then stare into his eyes and say, "I've never met anyone like you before, I'll remember you as long as I live!" ? There are too many characters, they're all odd, there seems to be no point to any of them, except to make you wish that the plane would crash. There are various "that guy" character actors: William Schallert, who has been in a million things, William Campbell, best known as the "Squire of Gothos" on the original Star Trek. Also festering in this movie is Robert Stack, who granted is not a character actor, but seems to be channeling his later Unsolved Mysteries persona here as a spooked pilot. The only real Unsolved Mystery is how this movie was ever made.
Since I only saw part of the film, who knows, maybe it turns into a great movie. But I wouldn't bet on it.