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Jet Over the Atlantic (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 4 November 1959 (USA)
Assorted people board a plane with a fire bomb in its luggage hold.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writer:

Irving H. Cooper (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Guy Madison ... Brett Murphy
Virginia Mayo ... Jean Gurney
George Raft ... Stafford
Ilona Massey ... Mme. Galli-Cazetti
George Macready ... Lord Robert Leverett
Anna Lee ... Ursula Leverett
Margaret Lindsay ... Mrs. Lanyard
Venetia Stevenson ... June Elliott
Mary Anderson ... Maria
Brett Halsey ... Dr. Vanderbird
Argentina Brunetti ... Miss Hooten
Frederick Worlock ... Dean Halltree
Tudor Owen ... Mr. Priestwood
Cindy Lee Cindy Lee ... Young Miss Lanyard
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rebeca Iturbide ... Stewardess
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Storyline

FBI man Stafford is extraditing convicted killer Brett Murphy from Spain to the USA. At the last minute, Murphy's fiancée, entertainer Jean Gurney, finds he's been taken and slips on the plane. Unknown to them, a suicidal passenger has a fire and gas bomb in his luggage. As time ticks away, minor dramas are played out on board. Then the pilots succumb to the fumes, and the only available substitute is Murphy. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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plane | bomb | fire bomb | pilot | usa | See All (23) »

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PANIC IN THE SKIES! (original ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

High over the Atlantic See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The 'jet' airplane referenced in the title is in actuality a propeller craft, explained in the film as a 'turboprop'. See more »

Soundtracks

WHAT WOULD I DO WITHOUT YOU
Music by Louis Forbes (as Lou Forbes)
Lyrics by Jack Hoffman
Sung by The King Sisters
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High over the Mighty Atlantic via Airplane!
1 December 2015 | by jjnxn-1See all my reviews

Utterly preposterous low budget quasi-thriller with gaping plot holes and absurd actions but somehow still a fun view.

It's the very absurdity of the story, poison gas floating through the plane that only effects certain people, guns being shot off willy-nilly without regard to the fact that they are aboard a plane, that makes you suspend belief and enjoy it for what it is.

Very much akin to the mega popular The High and the Mighty of a few years previous, you can even hear echoes of the theme song throughout much of the film's musical score, but lacking both that film's budget and sonorous tone. One of the most jarring things is that with the plane practically falling to pieces as they fly along the passengers remain remarkably calm to the point of a feeling of inertia.

The cast like most of these rambling entertainments is composed of stars of various magnitude but none of the first rank with Virginia Mayo probably being the biggest name at the time of production. Following her is Guy Madison and theirs is really the only story with any sort of follow through cohesion. Everybody else pops in for a few minutes then disappear from the narrative either completely or for great periods. The most ignominious is probably Margaret Lindsay a busy leading lady in her Warners heyday stuck in a nothing nearly silent role. The most bizarre is Argentina Brunetti as a overbearing busybody who goes through the film with an idiotic smile plastered on her face.

Even with all its faults this is still more fun than suffering through many other more self important films. Something for a rainy afternoon.


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