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Broken Journey (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 31 May 1948 (UK)
A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, ... See full summary »


Ken Annakin, Michael C. Chorlton (as Michael Chorlton)


Robert Westerby (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Mary Johnstone
Margot Grahame ... Joanna Dane
James Donald ... Bill Haverton
Francis L. Sullivan ... Perami
Raymond Huntley ... Edward Marshall
David Tomlinson ... Jimmy Marshall
Derek Bond ... Richard Faber
Guy Rolfe ... Fox
Sonia Holm ... Anne Stephens
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... John Barber
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Kid Cormack
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Harry Gunn
Gerard Heinz ... Joseph Romer
Sybille Binder ... Lilli Romer
Amy Frank Amy Frank ... Frau Romer


A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, the survivors must come to a decision--whether to stay and wait for help they believe is coming or to leave the shelter of the wrecked plane and set out in bad weather to try to reach civilization. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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English | French

Release Date:

31 May 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atterraggio forzato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The wartime experiences of character 'Joseph Romer' that he relates echo the persecution by the Nazis of actor Gerard Heinz who plays him. See more »


Mary Johnstone: Bill - are we going to die here?
Bill Haverton: Some of us I expect.
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British version of "Five Came Back" Alps-style
13 February 2012 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

This film seems to be somewhat based on the John Farrow-directed film, "Five Came Back," though I suppose this 1948 film uses a fairly derivative plot and could have been based on a lot of things.

A plane crashes into the Alps, but the passengers and crew survive. However, the radio is out. On board: an opera singer, Perami (Francis L. Sullivan), a movie star (Joanna Dane), a man in an iron long (John Barber), his nurse (Sonia Holm), the pilot, James Donald (Bill Halverton), the flight attendant (Phyllis Calvert), and other assorted characters.

The film revolves around the ideas of courage, selfishness, and self-sacrifice as the passengers fight to survive as their food runs out and the cold settles into their bones, and they all start to get on one another's nerves.

The Alps scenes are spectacular, and their vastness and desolate appearance brought "Lost Horizon" to mind.

All in all, pretty good, with some decent performances. You'll see better versions of this plot, but you'll also see worse.

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