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Murder on Flight 502 (1975)

Left in the lounge for first-class passengers, a letter warns of murders on Flight 502 -- and the warning is received a day early.

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George McCowan

Writer:

David P. Harmon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ralph Bellamy ... Dr. Kenyon Walker
Polly Bergen ... Mona Briarly
Theodore Bikel ... Otto Gruenwaldt
Sonny Bono ... Jack Marshall
Dane Clark ... Ray Garwood
Laraine Day ... Claire Garwood
Fernando Lamas ... Paul Barons
George Maharis ... Robert Davenport
Farrah Fawcett ... Karen White (as Farrah Fawcett-Majors)
Hugh O'Brian ... Detective Daniel Myerson
Molly Picon ... Ida Goldman
Walter Pidgeon ... Charlie Parkins
Robert Stack ... Captain Larkin
Brooke Adams ... Vera Franklin
Danny Bonaduce ... Millard Kensington
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A jumbo jet leaves New York. After the plane has departed, a note is found in the first class lounge with an ominous message left by a passenger threatening to kill some of the passengers. At first it is thought to be a sick joke, but soon a man posing as a priest and a stewardess are killed. It is up to the captain to find the killer before the body count increases. Written by Brian Washington <Sargebri@att.net>

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A Jumbo Jet at 37,000 Feet. An Unknown Killer Strikes Again...And Again! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 November 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en el vuelo 502 See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The uniforms worn by the airlines female crew members are actual TWA Stewardess uniforms worn during the winter months from 1968-1971. The same uniforms can be seen at the end of Steven Spielberg's "Catch Me If You Can". See more »

Goofs

The passengers are supposedly sitting in the First Class lounge at JFK, although the Theme Building at LAX is clearly visible in the background. See more »

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Referenced in Airplane! (1980) See more »

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One Of Those "Light Entertainment" 70's Made For TV Movies
15 September 2009 | by sddavis63See all my reviews

Back in the 70's all the major networks would put out these made-for-TV movies, usually featuring a collection of unknowns and a good number of well known actors and actresses and for the most part they were always enjoyable, even though they were't as sophisticated or as big budget as a major motion picture. This movie was no exception. I stumbled across it on a DVD and for $2 figured it was worth a look see. I can't remember if I ever watched in on TV in the 70's, but it brought back memories of enjoyable enough nights in the living room watching the set.

This is probably most notable for a pre-Charlie's Angels performance from a very lovely Farrah Fawcett as a stewardess on a flight from New York to London that has a murderer on board. In some ways it's rather preposterous. There are far too many coincidences - far too many people in the First Class section who just happened to know each other and have grievances with each other. The intent was obviously to give a large stable of possible suspects to keep the viewer guessing. In some ways it didn't work. I had the murderer figured out pretty early, and if you didn't figure it out well before it was revealed then you missed something pretty obvious. Mind you, the same could be said for the plot twist involving Fawcett's character at the end, and that took me off guard. I also couldn't figure out why the man who tried to kill singer Jack Marshall (played by Sonny Bono) is never restrained, but ends up back in First Class with his wife as if nothing had happened - he just tried to kill a guy with a knife!

This was clearly made by Aaron Spelling as lightly entertaining TV mystery to keep people occupied for a couple of hours in front of their TV screens. With folks like Robert Stack, Walter Pidgeon, Danny Bonaduce, etc., it's pretty good fun. 6/10


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