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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

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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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A Dramatic In-Flight Journey That You'll Never Forget! See more »


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Release Date:

21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el vuelo 502 See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Flight 502 is cleared to take-off from "runway 90" at Kennedy Airport. Not only does Kennedy Airport not have such a runway, but it would not exist in real life, as runways are numbered according to heading in tens of degrees (1 to 36). See more »


Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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Typical 70's Flick, But Fun Nostalgia
17 January 2017 | by KJones131313See all my reviews

Cheesy and common to the times, still there's a nostalgia to watching these old flicks from the 70's, it was worth the watch for that alone. A little snapshot of the bad/campy/predictable TV of the day, but somehow fun anyway.

As for holes and errors in the scenes, one could pick apart all the discrepancies, and most been done here. I'd add that I've never been on a flight, nor seen one from those days where all the seats are oriented backwards to the nose of the plane, not to mention the rest of the seat layout, fanning in towards the aisle as they do. Maybe they did, but first class, flying backwards the whole way? Might make some people more ill if they're prone to that.

Some mention the variation in quantity of passengers in some scenes (coming and going of passengers), but there's the bathrooms, and not staying in your seat would be normal back in the good old days when a lounge was available, though they showed the lounge mostly empty when shown at all. (I'm all for bringing the lounge back, especially for long flights). "Skyjackings", as they were called, were in the news a fair bit in those days, yet dogs seemed to do just fine in deterring trouble, no need for today's excess. If only people could watch the news these days with as discerning an eye for discrepancies as they do with films, they may notice a few things. At any rate, a good little film if you want the flavor of how that genre of TV was back then....

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