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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.

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George McCowan

Writer:

David P. Harmon
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el vuelo 502 See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The uniforms worn by the airlines female crew members are actual TWA Stewardess uniforms worn during the winter months from 1968-1971. The same uniforms can be seen at the end of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can". See more »

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The color scheme of Flight 502 changes several times throughout the movie. See more »

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Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Unintentionally Hilarious Airplane Murder Mystery
1 February 2005 | by jonspaderSee all my reviews

If you've seen Airplane!, enjoyed Airplane! and perhaps wondered where Airplane! got some of its inspiration from, check out Murder on Flight 502. My brother found it for the astounding price of one dollar American, and for that single bill you get Robert Stack, Farrah Fawcett, Sonny Bono, and...Danny Bonaduce? Oh, but yes. And there's more.

As the film tepidly moves along, begging you to find the murderer among the passengers before anyone is actually murdered, you'll be treated to outrageous mid-70's fashion (brown is IN!), bizarre character backgrounds, and the hottest burgeoning romance this side of Harold and Maude, an elderly Jewish woman and an elderly Methodist known only as Uncle Charlie. "Ah...I know half the story already!" says the elderly woman slyly after Uncle Charlie introduces himself, and believe me, you will know every sundry detail of Uncle Charlie's hard knock life, even though it's probably better that you didn't.

You will see Sonny Bono sing, and you will realize why Cher was much better on her own. Robert Stack will make Bruce Willis in Die Hard look bad with his endless barrage of hard-boiled, sarcastic one-liners. But most of all, you will figure out who the murderer is, and you will be satisfied when they get their comeuppance.

No, there is no singing stewardess, no jive-talkers, no inflatable auto-pilot, no Leslie Neilsen. But unless you are unable to mock the earnest, but futile work of many to make a taut murder mystery shot almost entirely on a plane full of large, orange seats, you will like Murder on Flight 502. I promise.


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