Island in the Sky (1953)
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as Capt. Dooley
as Col. Fuller
as J.H. Handy
as Murray, the navigat...
as Frank Lovatt
as Capt. Turner
as Maj. Ditson
as Lt. Cord
as Sgt. Harper
as Moon's wife
as Murray's wife
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Though not as good as The High and The Mighty, this similarly themed action-adventure of an aircraft crash, survival, and rescue is decently exceuted by the same team, helmer William Wellman and star John Wayne, who also produced through his company.
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Tale of my third favourite idol, John Wayne as the pilot and his crew are forced to land his C-47 on the frozen, uncharted tundra of Labrador, is so talky and slow-moving drama.
A slightly above average flight desaster film, which is mainly carried by John Wayne's stoic acting and strong lead. The movie depicts an airline crew's fight for survival following a plane crash and the related rescue misions. The movie features many classic Hollywood B and C actors, although their ability to shine is limited by the very focussed, almost minimal scope of the movie. And while the story offers as good as no twists, instead opting for a traditional Wayne vehicle hero rundown, the film still offers solid acting and thrill, especially towards the last 30 Minutes. Unfortunately, the movie does not dare to make the 'catastrophe' catastrophical enough, so that true suspense never comes up. Worth its while for Wayne for sure though.
I've been flying for over 20 years. The first few minutes of this film are some of the most accurate aviation imagery I have ever seen. They really capture the intensity of an in-air emergency.
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