Progenitor of the 70s Airport disaster films. A big cast of characters are on a flight from Honolulu to the mainland, but when the plane runs into trouble the crew and passengers deal with the stress of an impending crash in a variety of manners. There is John Wayne, the captain who's haunted by by the plane crash that killed his wife and child. Robert Stack, the second in command, who is feeling the stress of having so many people's lives in his hands. There are the many passengers too, including a fading beauty, a goofy vacationer (Phil Harris), an heiress, a pretty Japanese lady, an unaccompanied minor and one very nervous passenger who gets a seat on the plane at the last minute. The film is pretty silly and downright corny most of the time, but it does have some solid entertainment value, which you'd expect from veteran filmmaker William Wellman.