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No Highway in the Sky (1951)

No Highway (original title)
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!

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Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It is particularly notable that the Reindeer aircraft has square windows. The Comet 1 jetliner which had a number of disastrous crashes a few years later, did so due to metal fatigue caused by stress around its square windows. Later models of the Comet had oval windows. See more »

Goofs

Honey tells Scott he is working on a problem in number theory. Honey states that in 1742, Goldsbach postulated that every positive even integer is the sum of two primes. There are two errors with this statement. First, the name is Goldbach. Second, Goldbach's conjecture states that every even integer greater than two can be written as the sum of two primes. See more »

Quotes

Monica Teasdale: We were going to take off, only he told them they shouldn't, and the lever was right there, he just pulled it. You've never seen such a commotion in your life. I guess a thing like that has never happened before in the history of the world.
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Great drama with a great deal of humor...
25 July 2004 | by markystavSee all my reviews

This is one of the better examples of how to craft a drama with just enough humor to lighten the load at just the right times. Most of the credit has to go to Jimmy Stewart, who infuses his character with hilarious absent-mindedness. We constantly have a chuckle at Theodore Honey, yet all the while we are witness to his personal metamorphosis from disinterested and detached scientist to caring and energetic activist.

The whole movie uses technology as the vehicle within which the protagonist lives, works, and eventually changes, but this movie is not about nuts and bolts; it is ultimately about personal transformation - Nothing is the same for Mr. Honey by the end of the film. The joy is watching the transformation, bit by bit, as events literally overtake him.


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