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Murder on Flight 502 (1975)

Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.


George McCowan


David P. Harmon




Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Kenyon Walker
Polly Bergen ... Mona Briarly
Theodore Bikel ... Otto Gruenwaldt
Sonny Bono ... Jack Marshall
Dane Clark ... Ray Garwood
Laraine Day ... Claire Garwood
Fernando Lamas ... Paul Barons
George Maharis ... Robert Davenport
Farrah Fawcett ... Karen White (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Hugh O'Brian ... Detective Daniel Myerson
Molly Picon ... Ida Goldman
Walter Pidgeon ... Charlie Parkins
Robert Stack ... Captain Larkin
Brooke Adams ... Vera Franklin
Danny Bonaduce ... Millard Kensington


A jumbo jet leaves New York. After the plane has departed, a note is found in the first class lounge with an ominous message left by a passenger threatening to kill some of the passengers. At first it is thought to be a sick joke, but soon a man posing as a priest and a stewardess are killed. It is up to the captain to find the killer before the body count increases. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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Farrah Fawcett made this at a pivotal point in her career: She was already famous for that pin-up poster featuring the red swimsuit and trademark hairstyle, but had not yet been cast in her break-out role on Charlie's Angels. See more »


The passengers are supposedly sitting in the First Class lounge at JFK, although the Theme Building at LAX is clearly visible in the background. See more »


Karen White: What a nightmare!
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Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Hilarious 70's TV Movie
8 April 2002 | by paulywogSee all my reviews

What a cast that has been assembled as only Aaron Spelling can do! the dialogue is so corny and played so seriously, you'll be howling. The best exchanges are between a drunk Polly Bergen and a very sober Fernando Lamas. The sets are really almost "Plan 9 From Outer Space" level. The "VIP lounge" at the airport was probably a baggage office at LAX and the plane, well, the budget was only enough to show the first class section, so all you see are big blankets/curtains covering the entrances to the rest of the plane and several references by Captain Stack to the "hundreds of people back there."

The upstairs lounge of the plane is decorated in what appears to be outdoor patio furniture and during the course of the film, the scariest looking cheese and crackers fester along the back of the wall uneaten by these high-falutin' jet-setters who spout inane dialogue as the viewer tries to wade through the red herrings and Farrah's cocktail service.

The whodunnit wraps up quickly, of course. Suprises? No. Laughs? Yes!

The $5.00 DVD I got of this in the Best Buy junk pile is covered in Farrah's photos and the DVD even includes a "Farrah Quiz" at the end that even your mother could not flunk. Thanks to Barry Diller and Spelling/Goldberg for making these tacky ABC "Movies of the Week" in the 70's and for someone actually mastering these DVD coasters that provide some of us with a hilarious flashback to our youth.

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21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

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Asesinato en el vuelo 502 See more »

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