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Zero Hour! (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1958 (West Germany)
In 1950s Canada, during a commercial flight, the pilots and some passengers suffer food poisoning, thus forcing an ex-WW2 fighter pilot to try to land the airliner in heavy fog.

Director:

Hall Bartlett

Writers:

Arthur Hailey (screenplay), Hall Bartlett (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Lt. Ted Stryker
Linda Darnell ... Ellen Stryker
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. Martin Treleaven
Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch ... Capt. Bill Wilson
Geoffrey Toone ... Dr. Baird
Jerry Paris ... Tony Decker
Peggy King ... Stewardess Janet Turner
Patricia Tiernan ... Mrs. Joan Wilson (as Carole Eden)
Charles Quinlivan ... Harry Burdick
Steve London ... First Officer Walt Stewart
Jo Ann Wade Jo Ann Wade ... Treleaven's Baby Sitter
Ray Ferrell Ray Ferrell ... Joey Stryker (as Raymond Ferrell)
John Ashley ... TV Singer
Willis Bouchey ... RCAF Doctor
Maxine Cooper ... Sick Plane Passenger
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Storyline

A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because 'Airplane' was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie.. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Taglines:

STRANGERS ROCKETING TOWARD DISASTER IN ONE OF THE MOST SUSPENSFUL MOTION PICTURES EVER MAD! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

La hora trágica See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Ana, California, USA

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,764 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Early in the flight three men passengers are sharing a drink and talking about football. The Scotsman in the trio is explaining a new player position recently introduced to the game called a "flanker," which he describes as being impossible to defend against. In reality the position of flanker was created in the 1950s by Elroy "Crazylegs" Hirsch, the pro football player turned actor who played Capt. Wilson in this film. See more »

Goofs

The yoke movements are much exaggerated in comparison to real life, both when the pilots fly, and when the autopilot is engaged. Also, the attitude of the plane in some of the outside views doesn't tally with the cockpit view, for instance turning and descending when the instruments show it in straight and level flight. See more »

Quotes

[last lines]
Treleaven: Ted, that was probably the lousiest landing in the history of this airport. But there are some of us here, particularly me, who would like to buy you a drink and shake your hand. We're coming over.
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Connections

Spoofed in Airplane! (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Zero Hour
Song and Theme composed by Arthur Hamilton
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The actual movie that is spoofed by "Airplane!"
2 January 2005 | by michael-784See all my reviews

Ignore reader comments that say that the movie "Airplane!" by Abrahams, Zucker and Zucker is a "rip-off" of "Zero Hour." Airplane was a SPOOF of Zero Hour - not a rip-off. One would think "Airplane!" was a spoof on "Airport" - and in a way it was, but watch "Zero Hour" and you'll see their real inspiration.

If watch Airplane first, then Zero Hour, you'll find Zero Hour to be a very (unintentionally) funny COMEDY! The AIRPLANE writers even pulled one ridiculous line from Zero Hour, untouched: "The life of everybody on board depends on one thing. Finding somebody on board who not only can fly the plane, but didn't have fish for dinner."


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