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Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1953 (USA)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (screenplay), Ernest K. Gann (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Capt. Dooley
Lloyd Nolan ... Captain Stutz
Walter Abel ... Col. Fuller
James Arness ... Mac McMullen
Andy Devine ... Willie Moon
Allyn Joslyn ... J.H. Handy
Jimmy Lydon ... Murray (as James Lydon)
Harry Carey Jr. ... Ralph Hunt
Hal Baylor ... Stankowski
Sean McClory ... Frank Lovatt
Wally Cassell ... D'Annunzia
Gordon Jones ... Walrus
Frank Fenton ... Capt. Turner
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Maj. Ditson
Sumner Getchell ... Lt. Cord
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Storyline

A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Labrador, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

He Fought Every Futy of Man and Mountain To Get Where His Woman Was! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

White Mountains, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$967,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (WarnerPhonic/RCA Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of just three films released theatrically in "WarnerPhonic" sound, an early four-channel surround sound system. Unfortunately, only the mono version of the soundtrack has survived. See more »

Goofs

The US insignia on the fuselage have the red line through the center of the 'wing-portion' around the central star. This was not placed there until post-war ~1947. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Dooley: I'll shoot the first one of ya to leave camp. I'll aim for your legs. I may miss and hit ya in the back of the head. Either way serves ya right.
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Connections

Version of Fate Is the Hunter (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

Island in The Sky
(uncredited)
Written by Emil Newman, Hugo Friedhofer and Johnny Lehmann
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pretty good film
16 January 2006 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Despite the movie being confined to the frozen north of Canada and the narrowness of the plot (rescuing a downed plane), this movie was able to keep my interest and avoided the "claustraphobic-feel". That's because the movie, though very simple, is written and directed so well. It manages to throw in little moments of drama into the story whenever there is a chance for a lull and in the process pulls the viewer into the story. Plus, on top of that, the acting and supporting cast is excellent. PLUS, for you lovers of oddness out there, look closely at the adult Alfalfa Switzer (yes, from OUR GANG shorts) in an adult role (shortly before he got himself killed).


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