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The Crowded Sky (1960)

Disaster movie about a Navy jet and a commercial airliner heading for a mid air collision.

Director:

Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Charles Schnee (screenplay), Hank Searls (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Dick Barnett
Rhonda Fleming ... Cheryl Heath
Efrem Zimbalist Jr. ... Dale Heath
John Kerr ... Mike Rule
Anne Francis ... Kitty Foster
Keenan Wynn ... Nick Hyland
Troy Donahue ... McVey
Joe Mantell ... Louis Capelli
Patsy Kelly ... Gertrude Ross
Donald May ... Norm Coster
Louis Quinn ... Sidney Schreiber
Ed Kemmer ... Caesar (as Edward Kemmer)
Tom Gilson ... Rob Fermi
Hollis Irving ... Beatrice Wiley
Paul Genge ... Samuel N. Poole
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Storyline

A navy jet with a defective radio system and a passenger plane get in danger of collision. In flashbacks we learn about the personal problems of the pilots and most of the crew. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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The most fascinating people the gods of chance ever swept up into high adventure!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pánico en el aire See more »

Company Credits

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Rhonda Fleming, who is second billed, has no scenes with any of the cast members in the main location, the commercial jet. Her sporadic role, as the manipulating wife of Efrem Zimbalist Jr., mostly occurs in Zimbalist's flashback sequences as he's flying the jet fighter. Also: her and Zimbalist's swimwear-clad bodies shown in the poster artwork, embraced and kissing liken to the famous scene in From Here to Eternity (1953), also derives from a flashback sequence. See more »

Goofs

In El Paso, Dale tells McVey they will be flying non-stop to Washington, D.C. - a flying distance of about 1,720 miles. However, the Lockheed T-33 they are flying in has a range of only 1,275 miles. See more »

Quotes

Cheryl Heath: I just love banana splits. Is it all the wonderful mixed-up flavors, or is it something Freudian?
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Connections

Referenced in Feud: Bette and Joan: Pilot (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Wedding March
(uncredited)
From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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Great 60's Airplane Disaster Movie
4 November 2001 | by lblaskeSee all my reviews

This movie had a lot of things that I enjoy: vintage commercial airplanes, old military airplanes, radios, radar, art, drama, romance, special effects, etc. In some respects, it must have served as a template for future airliner disaster movies. I don't know why, but I really enjoyed the heavy handed use of flashbacks and scenes where there's a close-up of a character, the surrounding lights dim, and we hear the character's private thoughts. Crowded Sky might not be your cup of tea, but it certainly was mine.


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