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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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Four of the actors in this 1975 Spelling-Goldberg TV movie production also appeared in Season One of Charlie's Angels the following year: Farrah Fawcett-Majors (obviously), Fernando Lamas, Hugh O'Brian, and Theodore Bikel. See more »


Members of the crew repeatedly reference the airplane cruising at 38,000 feet. Eastbound routes, such as the New York to London route depicted, are always at odd numbered thousands of feet. An aircraft cruising at 38,000 feet would be westbound. See more »


Captain Larkin: Nobody gets off of a 747 at 38,000 feet - If a door opens, you'll know it!
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Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Typical 1970's Made-For-TV Film
25 May 2006 | by LechuguillaSee all my reviews

An ensemble cast of familiar Hollywood faces act, and attempt to act, in this low-budget whodunit, about a New York to London flight that has a psychopath on board. Polly Bergen hams it up as an alcoholic writer, and is fun to watch. Robert Stack plays the pilot, consistent with his serious, take-charge persona. Danny Bonaduce plays himself, more or less. Laraine Day's acting is fine but she needs more makeup. And hip looking Sonny Bono shows why he was wise to earn his living as a singer.

The film's sets look cheap, and the stereotyped characters are too perfunctory to spark much interest. The film's visuals look dated.

Given the suspects and the obvious red herrings, the whodunit puzzle is not that hard to solve. However, the plot twist at the end I did not see coming.

Even with a couple of obvious plot holes, "Murder On Flight 502" held my interest as a whodunit puzzle. But it has a "Producer Aaron Spelling" look and feel to it, with those cheap sets, bland dialogue, cardboard characters, and nondescript elevator music, all rather typical of assembly-line 1970's made-for-TV movies.

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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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