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Dead on Course (1952)

Wings of Danger (original title)
When his girlfriend's brother's cargo plane is lost at sea, nagging questions arise, and pilot Richard Van Ness gets caught in a web of blackmail and smuggling.

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

John Gilling, Trevor Dudley Smith (novel) (as Elleston Trevor) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Zachary Scott ... Richard Van Ness
Robert Beatty ... Nick Talbot
Naomi Chance Naomi Chance ... Avril Talbot
Kay Kendall ... Alexia LaRoche
Colin Tapley ... Inspector Maxwell
Arthur Lane Arthur Lane ... Boyd Spencer
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Snell, the blackmailer
Diane Cilento ... Jeannette
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pat Ryan Pat Ryan ... Club Dancer
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Storyline

When Richard Van Ness tries to ground dashing pilot Nick Talbot, his girlfriend's brother, from flying an unimportant cargo run in foul weather, he is blackmailed into allowing it because Nick threatens to tell airline boss Boyd Spencer about Van's intermittent blackouts. When Nick's plane apparently crashes near the Channel Islands, there are many nagging questions about the circumstances. Although he is innocent himself of wrongdoing, Van Ness is pressured by the police to aid them in uncovering some of the criminal activities associated with the operation, including blackmail, smuggling gold, and counterfeiting. In order to obtain the information he needs, Van Ness is forced into romancing Boyd's grasping girlfriend, who finds herself very attracted to the flier. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Taglines:

COUNTERFEIT CARGO! ...a fortune in loot...a fabulous woman...a sinister fugitive!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dead on Course See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films,Lippert Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Quotes

Richard Van Ness: You're wonderful! You've got a heart of pure steel!
Alexia LaRoche: My future's no dream from a bottle! I've had too much of attic rooms and runs in my stocking and ten cent bar loungers trying to paw me to death not to know what I want out of life and to recognize it when I've got it. All you have to do is hitch ypur wagon, and I'm tossing you the hook!
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Soundtracks

Cuyaba
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Music by De Paula Bana (pseudonym of Winifred Palmer)
Paxton Music Ltd
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Quota quickie with a touch of the Harry Limes
29 July 2007 | by brice-18See all my reviews

When charismatic Nick Talbot (second billed Robert Beatty) disappears after flying into a storm after his partner Richard Van Ness (gravel-voiced Zachary Scott) has ordered the plane to be grounded, it seems not unlikely that (a) he's up to no good and (b) that we'll see him again before the movie's over. Made on a shoestring at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith but supposedly mainly set in Guernsey, this is quite a clever thriller with lively dialogue, though Richard's liability to black out when flying is too irrelevant. For nostalgic film buffs it's good to see naughty lady Kay Kendall a year before her breakthrough performance in 'Genevieve', Diane Cilento (at one time Mrs Sean Connery) as Nick's fiancée and camp Harold Lang as a blackmailer, but Naomi Chance is a boring heroine. I'd lost track of the malarkey before the end, but the finale has action and excitement.


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