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The High and the Mighty (1954)

Not Rated | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 3 July 1954 (USA)
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When a commercial airliner develops engine problems on a trans-Pacific flight and the pilot loses his nerve, it is up to the washed-up co-pilot Dan Roman to bring the plane in safely.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dan Roman
... May Holst
... Lydia Rice
... John Sullivan
... Sally McKee
... Ed Joseph
... Gustave Pardee
... Ken Childs
... Donald Flaherty
... Humphrey Agnew
... Lillian Pardee
... Gonzales (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
... Howard Rice
... Lenny Wilby, navigator
... Hobie Wheeler
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One disaster after another happens on this trans-Pacific flight. You have the pilot who loses his nerve! The washed-up co-pilot. The milquetoast flight engineer. The young hot shot second officer. And a cabin full of passengers with every range of problems and personalities there could possibly be. Here you have the Duke in a role he didn't want, and a movie with the title song that became Duke's theme. What else could any John Wayne fan want? It's all here, and then some. Written by williamsportump@chilitech.net

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3 July 1954 (USA)  »

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William A. Wellman's The High and the Mighty  »

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$1,470,000 (estimated)
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| (RCA Sound System)

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2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Ernest Gann's novel clearly indicates that the character of Sally McKee has resorted to prostitution in order to survive. The film version, made at the height of Hollywood censorship, was unable to explicitly state this; however, Gann slyly managed to insinuate the information during Sally's entrance, wherein two sailors at the Honolulu airport recognize her and pointedly remark, "Hey, look! Remember?" See more »

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At the missile testing site, the word "missile" is misspelled "missle" on the sign. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Ben Sneed: Hey fella, ain't you Dan Roman?
Dan Roman: Yeah.
Ben Sneed: I heard you whistlin' and I said to myself only one guy does that just so.
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Featured in Automan: The Biggest Game in Town (1984) See more »

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Kaua I Ka Hua Hua'i
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Written by Prince Leleiohoku
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Worth the Wait
4 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

Trans Ocean Pacific's flight from Honolulu to San Francisco seems to proceed with no problems until one of the four engines catches fire midway on the flight which causes one of the gas tanks to leak. The crew tries to prepare to land the plane in the bay to be rescued, while experienced co-pilot Dan Roman conserve the remaining fuel to get the plane to land in the San Francisco Airport. The widely heterogeneous group of passengers which include a disgruntled man who believes his wife had an affair with one of the other passengers, a female who is hoping her man will love her despite her age, a couple on the brink of divorce, and others have to make the best of their situation and hope its not the last moments they will spend alive. Very good film that took forever to get to DVD, but seems to be worth it. Excellent performances by all and Tiomkin's score is excellent and so memorable you'll be whistling or humming it for days. The film (like many air disaster epics) seems to run a bit too long, but there is a lot of emotion to be played out here. Rating 8.


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