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The Doomsday Flight (1966)

Approved | | Crime, Thriller | TV Movie 13 December 1966
A bomb on board an airliner has an altitude-sensitive trigger. Unless a ransom is paid, it will explode when the plane descends to land.


William A. Graham (as William Graham)


Rod Serling




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Lord ... Special Agent Frank Thompson
Edmond O'Brien ... The Man
Katherine Crawford ... Jean
John Saxon ... George Ducette
Van Johnson ... Capt. Anderson
Tom Simcox ... Chipps - Flight Engineer
Michael Sarrazin ... Army Corporal
Edward Asner ... Feldman
Malachi Throne ... Bartender
Robert Pickering Robert Pickering ... Willoughby
Jan Shepard ... Elizabeth Thompson
Greg Morris ... Balaban - FBI Agent (as Gregg Morris)
Richard Carlson ... Chief Pilot Bob Shea
David Lewis ... Mr. Rierdon
Howard Caine ... L.A. Dispatcher


A bomb is planted on board an airplane, with an altitude-sensitive trigger. It will explode when the plane descends through the altitude of 5,000 feet, unless the ransom demanded is paid. Written by Anonymous

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Fly ... and run out of fuel ! Land ... and my bomb explodes ! See more »


Crime | Thriller


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Upon release in the UK this was commonly shown as the supporting film to Carry On Doctor (1967). See more »


When the Denver Fire Department truck pulls alongside he rear fuselage the vertical stabilizer appears to belong to a DC 6 or 7C v- a propeller driven airliner. Also, airport equipment should have been used instead of city, since they would be able to lay down foam or other aircraft related substances. See more »


Capt. Anderson: [the captain is trying to decide which airport to land at] I can't make L.A.
Reilly (co-pilot): How about Las Vegas... I love gambling.
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Referenced in Call Me Mr. Brown (1990) See more »

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Taking an air flight for a ride by a frightful mystery into the unknown
22 November 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is an all time classic in the thriller genre and perhaps the best air flight thriller ever made, although films on this matter tend to always be superb. It's difficult not to make an air flight exciting, especially under a bomb threat. The bomb man here isn't just anyone but Edmond O'Brien in one of his most unforgettable characters, a man at the end of his tether, disqualified, calling himself both a chemist and engineer but reduced to a mechanic, and he sets about for a joy ride that will be his last, although staying on the ground, but he sure will have his kicks out of it.

The second gang leader of the plot here is Van Johnson in also one of his most remarkable characters, although he always makes an impression by highly sustained and sorely tried characters, and here he is in charge of a flight that can't get down. It is doomed to remain hanging in the air forever, reduced to atoms on the way.

But things are happening that neither the bomb man nor the flight captain have no idea of, no control of and totally beyond their wildest imagination. There are many memorable scenes here, but everything is perfectly credible and genuine, the reactions, the individuals, the veteran from Vietnam and the change he is going through although a nervous wreck, the struggle of the personnel, everything is perfectly realistic.

My favourtite scene must though be the long drama at the bar, which never ends and constantly goes from one lucid moment to another. In brief, it's a wonderful film, gilded all the way by a splendid dialogue, - and what fun Edmond O'Brien must have had in making this part!

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13 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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