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The Crowded Sky (1960)

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

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dick Barnett
... Cheryl Heath
... Dale Heath
... Mike Rule
... Kitty Foster
... Nick Hyland
... McVey
... Louis Capelli
... Gertrude Ross
Donald May ... Norm Coster
... Sidney Schreiber
Ed Kemmer ... Caesar (as Edward Kemmer)
... Rob Fermi
... Beatrice Wiley
... Samuel N. Poole
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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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2 September 1960 (USA)  »

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Pánico en el aire  »

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1.66 : 1
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When Dale Heath picks up his daughter at school, he's driving a 1959 Edsel sedan, which was considered a loser at that point. The character is regarded as somewhat of a loser as he was involved in a mid air collision. See more »

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When Mike picks up the phone in Kitty's apartment to make a call, the phone has no cord. See more »

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Sidney Schreiber: I should be in the American flag business. Cigarettes turn me blue, whiskey turns me red, and women turn me white.
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References A Summer Place (1959) See more »

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Wedding March
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From "A Midsummer Night's Dream"
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played at the wedding
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Each passenger has a back story a la "The High and the Mighty"...
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And it isn't until all the necessary back stories are told that we get to the crux of the matter--the fact that an airliner and a two-man jet plane are on a collision course. DANA ANDREWS is the tense pilot at the controls of the airliner and EFREM ZIMBALIST, JR. is in the small plane with TROY DONAHUE.

Unfortunately, none of the back stories are really interesting enough to invoke anything more than moderate interest, but at least we get to see ANNE FRANCIS as an attractive stewardess saddled with some bad dialogue and a lifeless romance with JOHN KERR.

The story only gets into high gear late in the proceedings and by that time you'll notice that the storytelling technique is the same one used to even lesser advantage in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY.

Summing up: Nothing special but worth a look as an example of what eventually led to all those Airport movies of the '70s.

Trivia note: A diner scene with Troy Donahue and Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. has the juke box playing "The Theme from A Summer Place," Donahue's hit film from the year before.


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