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Crash Landing (1958)

Unrated | | Drama, War | July 1958 (USA)
Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.


Fred F. Sears


Fred Freiberger


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Cast overview:
Gary Merrill ... Capt. Steve Williams
Nancy Reagan ... Helen Williams (as Nancy Davis)
Irene Hervey ... Bernice Willouby
Roger Smith ... John Smithback
Bek Nelson ... Nancy Arthur
Jewell Lain Jewell Lain ... Ann Thatcher
Sheridan Comerate Sheridan Comerate ... Howard Whitney
Richard Newton Richard Newton ... Jed Sutton
Richard Keith Richard Keith ... Harrison White
Celia Lovsky ... Mrs. Ortega
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Maurice Stanley
Hal Torey Hal Torey ... Calvin Havelick
John McNamara John McNamara ... Phil Burton


Airplane passengers prepare for a crash landing in the ocean.

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Drama | War


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Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Over 5 seconden noodlanding See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Appears to use the same interior sets for the cabin and cockpit as used in Zero Hour! (1957). See more »


The information above is incorrect. Both outboard engines have failed, the were able to feather the left (#1) engine which keeps the prop from rotating and creating drag. They failed at an attempt to feather the right (#4) engine so it continued to spin from the airflow which creates additional drag and thus needed extra fuel to make their destination. This is the reason they were forced to ditch. See more »


Teddy Burton: What about my dog? Are we gonna have to leave Wilbur?
Phil Burton: As soon as we get home, I'll get you another one, Teddy.
Teddy Burton: I don't want another one. I want Wilbur.
Capt. Steve Williams: Look, Teddy, if you're going to grow up to fly jet planes, you're going to have to learn about emergencies. Now suppose you were in command of a planetary rocket and something went wrong and saving an animal's life meant sacrificing a person. You'd give up the animal wouldn't you, even if it was yours?
Teddy Burton: I guess so. Can I go see him?
Capt. Steve Williams: Look, Teddy, ...
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Spoofed in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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A mighty big ocean
2 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Compared to the budgets he had at Monogram Sam Katzman must have thought he arrived in money heaven over at Columbia Pictures. Crash Landing is a dime store remake of The High And The Mighty with characters not half as interesting.

Gary Merrill is the martinet captain of the airplane who has a lot of issues, but does know his job. He's married to Nancy Reagan and we get treated to a rather pedestrian domestic disturbance between them and their son Kim Charney over him giving away his bicycle and then both of them lying and covering up the real story.

The passenger stories unlike in The High And The Mighty are just not that interesting, they're not developed at all.

What Crash Landing has going for it is the title itself which kind of gives away what's going to happen. Captain Merrill's airplane develops engine trouble and loses fuel. It will not make the completed run from Lisbon to New York and has to ditch in the mid Atlantic. It's a mighty big ocean and the race to see if rescue ships can be in the vicinity of where Merrill ditches. Those scenes are done well if on the cheap.

Crash Landing, a bargain basement The High And The Mighty.

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