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Zero Hour! (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1958 (West Germany)
In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.

Director:

Hall Bartlett

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (screenplay), Hall Bartlett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Lt. Ted Stryker
Linda Darnell ... Ellen Stryker
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. Martin Treleaven
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ... Capt. Bill Wilson
Geoffrey Toone ... Dr. Baird
Jerry Paris ... Tony Decker
Peggy King ... Stewardess Janet Turner
Patricia Tiernan ... Mrs. Joan Wilson (as Carole Eden)
Charles Quinlivan ... Harry Burdick
Steve London ... First Officer Walt Stewart
Jo Ann Wade Jo Ann Wade ... Treleaven's Baby Sitter
Ray Ferrell Ray Ferrell ... Joey Stryker (as Raymond Ferrell)
John Ashley ... TV Singer
Willis Bouchey ... RCAF Doctor
Maxine Cooper ... Sick Plane Passenger
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Storyline

A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because 'Airplane' was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie.. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

SUSPENSE LIKE YOU'VE NEVER FELT BEFORE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La hora trágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Ana, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,764 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

To guard against food poisoning FAA regulations forbid the serving of the same type meal (fish, meat or fowl) to a pilot and co-pilot. See more »

Goofs

Although the subject plane is a C-54/DC-4, several of the exterior shots used stock footage of DC-6, M-404, CV-240 planes. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: Come on, move up here, you can see better.
[takes out a toy DC-4]
Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: Joey, here's something we give our special visitors. Would you like to have it?
Joey Stryker: Thank you! Thanks a lot?
Capt. Bill Wilson, Pilot: You ever been in a cockpit before?
Joey Stryker: No, sir! I've never been up in a plane before!
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Referenced in Airport 1975 (1974) See more »

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"But I've never flown a bucket like this before!"
22 August 2009 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

Arthur Hailey co-scripted this adaptation of his "story" (actually his play, the uncredited "Flight Into Danger") along with director Hall Bartlett and producer John C. Champion about an airliner crippled mid-flight when the crew and most of the passengers are stricken from bacteria-laced fish. Dana Andrews plays a war-scarred ex-fighter pilot haunted by his record in WWII who is the only person aboard adequately prepared to land the plane; he gets his radio instructions via land from Sterling Hayden, who just happened to be Andrews' wartime adversary! Mediocre in all aspects, but still thoroughly engrossing and enjoyable. The plot and characters should be recognizable to fans of the 1980 satire "Airplane!"...however this one is already spoofy as all get-out (though it doesn't mean to be), starting with that grave narration. Linda Darnell's role as Andrews' estranged wife and reluctant co-pilot is a scream (she has no faith in her nervous husband, yet near the finish glows with wifely pride). Andrews and Hayden act it to the hilt, while the dialogue becomes entrenched in a kind of quotable inanity ("He can't land that plane in this soup!"). Nothing to take seriously, but fun nevertheless. *** from ****


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