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Zero Hour! (1957)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 1958 (West Germany)
2:04 | Trailer
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.


Hall Bartlett


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





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


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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A PICTURE YOU'LL TALK ABOUT AND REMEMBER AS LONG AS YOU LIVE! (original print ad-all caps) See more »


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Did You Know?


Like Airplane! (1980), this movie featured an actor portraying a pilot who would be later elected to a sports Hall of Fame. Elroy 'Crazylegs' Hirsch in this movie would be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Airplane! was elected to the Pro Basketball Hall of Fame. See more »


As the airliner is settling onto the runway we see the landing gear and sparks and flames coming from the landing gear. But the wheels are never seen moving. The sparking makes it look like the tires are flat and the strut is dragging. Also the tires are very narrow for a four engine aircraft. See more »


Treleaven: Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.
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Referenced in Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) See more »


Zero Hour
Song and Theme composed by Arthur Hamilton
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A template for more than Airplane!>
6 September 2003 | by stutchSee all my reviews

Yes the others are spot on when Airplane! is invoked...but I think a truly great film maker also watched and lifted the character of Zero Hour! Stanley Kubrick. The cockpit scenes are so Dr Strangelove looking and feeling that one has to consider if this is where Kubrick looked for production design inspiration for the classic Slim Pickens scenes. Certainly looks and feels that way to this viewer. A Kubrick documentary has some bits about how the Dept of Defense was very curious about how accurate Stanley was in the instruments and layout of the Strangelove plane. Watch ZH and I think its pretty odvious. And a big Thank You TCM for putting Airplane! and ZH back-to-back for what is undoubtedly great film viewing.

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Release Date:

1958 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Zero Hour! See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Ana, California, USA


Box Office


$400,764 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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