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No Highway in the Sky (1951)

No Highway (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 21 September 1951 (USA)
An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Nevil Shute (by), R.C. Sherriff (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Theodore Honey
Marlene Dietrich ... Monica Teasdale
Glynis Johns ... Marjorie Corder
Jack Hawkins ... Dennis Scott
Janette Scott ... Elspeth Honey
Elizabeth Allan ... Shirley Scott
Ronald Squire ... Sir John - Director
Jill Clifford Jill Clifford ... Peggy - Stewardess
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Storyline

Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Taglines:

EXCITEMENT and SUSPENSE 18,000 Feet Over the Atlantic!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Highway in the Sky See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plane used for the "Rutland Reindeer" is actually a heavily modified Handley Page HP-70 Halifax. In the film it has the fake registration G-AFOH. Its real registration was G-AJNW. This was a C.VIII version used for cargo and passenger transport. It flew 116 missions during the Berlin Airlift. After its numerous modifications for this film, it was unflyable and was scrapped after production was finished. See more »

Goofs

The airplane is described as being powered by piston engines; the sounds, the cockpit area, the flight engineer's controls are made to look like a piston engine airplane of that era. Yet, the engine nacelles on the airplane are that of a turbojet or turboprop. That is, a jet engine with a propeller. See more »

Quotes

Penworthy, Test Pilot: Scotty, meet Rosie, she's a spy. Wait till you see her bedroom, it's absolutely papered in blueprints.
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An Interesting Film
10 January 1999 | by Maestro-15See all my reviews

This is one of James Stewart's lesser known films made during the post WWII period when Stewart was unsure what direction his Hollywood career would take him. I recently discovered this film on cable and found it to play somewhat like a long "Twilight Zone" episode where Stewart's character who is a scientist tries to convince the pilot of a transatlantic flight that the airline's structure will collapse and that everyone will be killed unless they turn back. Fine performances by Stewart and the supporting cast make this a watchable film.


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