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No Highway in the Sky (1951)

No Highway (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Thriller | 21 September 1951 (USA)
An aeronautical engineer predicts that a new model of plane will fail catastrophically and in a novel manner after a specific number flying hours.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Nevil Shute (by), R.C. Sherriff (screen play) (as R. C. Sherriff) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Stewart ... Theodore Honey
Marlene Dietrich ... Monica Teasdale
Glynis Johns ... Marjorie Corder
Jack Hawkins ... Dennis Scott
Janette Scott ... Elspeth Honey
Elizabeth Allan ... Shirley Scott
Ronald Squire ... Sir John, Director
Jill Clifford Jill Clifford ... Peggy, Stewardess
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Storyline

Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

EXCITEMENT and SUSPENSE 18,000 Feet Over the Atlantic!

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

No Highway in the Sky See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The plane used for the "Rutland Reindeer" is actually a heavily modified Handley Page HP-70 Halifax. In the film it has the fake registration G-AFOH. Its real registration was G-AJNW. This was a C.VIII version used for cargo and passenger transport. It flew 116 missions during the Berlin Airlift. After its numerous modifications for this film, it was unflyable and was scrapped after production was finished. See more »

Goofs

The airplane is described as being powered by piston engines; the sounds, the cockpit area, the flight engineer's controls are made to look like a piston engine airplane of that era. Yet, the engine nacelles on the airplane are that of a turbojet or turboprop. That is, a jet engine with a propeller. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Scott: [picks up The Bringing Up of the Child] One of the more difficult sciences I imagine.
Theodore Honey: What's that? Oh, oh yes. You know I didn't find that very satisfactory. They seem to have much different problems with their children than I've ever had with Elspeth.
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Surprisingly subtle and thoughtful
1 December 2004 | by smokeymirrors7See all my reviews

Here is a film about people --real people, of conviction, and of character. The central problem, an aeronautical engineering equation, simply serves as a

vehicle around which unforgettable characters revolve. James Stewart is

simply wonderful as Mr. Honey, and Marlene Dietrich shines, and grows, as

"star" Monica Teasdale. An enduring film masterpiece for thoughtful adults.

The supporting actors are first rate: the daughter was surprising believable, the wonderful Glynis Johns in her usual dream performance. I rate it 9 out of 10, as these films will not happen soon again. Thoughtful dramas about flight and aeronautics abounded in the late 40's and 50's -- I recommend the British entry "The Night my Number Came Up" -- and should be studied and regarded by

serious film devotees.


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