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The Horror at 37,000 Feet (1973)

An invisible demon in the cargo hold of a jet airliner terrorizes the passengers.

Director:

David Lowell Rich

Writers:

Ronald Austin (teleplay) (as Ron Austin), James D. Buchanan (teleplay) (as Jim Buchanan) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Chuck Connors ... Captain Ernie Slade
Buddy Ebsen ... Glenn Farlee
Tammy Grimes ... Mrs. Pinder
Lynn Loring ... Manya (as Lyn Loring)
Jane Merrow ... Sheila O'Neill
France Nuyen ... Annalik
William Shatner ... Paul Kovalik
Roy Thinnes ... Alan O'Neill
Paul Winfield ... Dr. Enkalla
Will Hutchins ... Steve Holcomb
Darleen Carr ... Margot
Brenda Benet Brenda Benet ... Sally (as Brenda Benét)
Russell Johnson ... Jim Hawley
H.M. Wynant ... Frank Driscoll
Mia Bendixsen Mia Bendixsen ... Jodi
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An architect and his wife are flying from London to L.A. with an altar from an ancient abbey secured in the plane's cargo hold. Also aboard the flight are Buddy Ebsen as a pushy millionaire, William Shatner as a drunken, cynical ex-priest, Tammy Grimes as a person with mental problems, and Chuck Connors as the lantern-jawed pilot. Crew and passengers come into jeopardy when an invisible demon escapes from the altar, and threatens the plane in an effort to destroy the architect's wife. Written by Marty Mckee <mmckee@wkio.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Horror in 37000 Fuß See more »

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CBS Television Network See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

This film stars William Shatner who played Captain Kirk in Star Trek (1966). At the 37:50 mark a character says, "Jim, he's dead." a variation on a line often used by Dr. McCoy to Captain Kirk. See more »

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Paul Kovalik: You don't need a priest, Mr. Farlee. You need a parachute.
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23 January 2007 | by a_l_i_e_nSee all my reviews

Reasons to recommend this TV-movie:

The story centres around an evil druid artifact that threatens the passengers and crew of an airliner in flight. Now how much more potential for good creepy fun could a premise hold? It's like something Matheson and Lovecraft might have put their heads together to come up with.

Eerie phenomena galore as the windows on a aircraft suddenly frost over as if blasted by an arctic breeze, spooky sounds (borrowed from "Forbidden Planet") echo through the plane and a flight officer inside an on board elevator is turned into a frozen corpse.

Great atmospheric music courtesy of Morton "Hawaii Five-0" Stevens.

William Shatner in one of his best post "Star Trek" roles plays an ex-priest who reclaims his faith to combat the evil force threatening the plane. It's almost too good to be true seeing Shatner once again on a plane encountering the supernatural just as he did in the similarly titled "Nightmare At 30,000 Feet" episode of "The Twilight Zone." And he's really good in this, too.

Roy Thinnes from "The Invaders" and "The Norliss Tapes" comes along for the ride playing the guy who brought the cursed artifact on board.

Also on the passenger list: grabbing an extra pay cheque in between episodes of "Barnaby Jones" is the one and only Buddy Ebsen. Hmm, actually he coulda' stayed on the ground, but then with a cast so jam-packed with stars at least one actor's presence is likely to stick out like a sore thumb, right?

Anyways, despite a little bit of questionable casting, a smidgen of scenery-chewing and a dash of dated effects, this is still quite an enjoyable little horror story that someone really ought to consider remaking.


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