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Theodore Honey is an aeronautical engineer being sent to Labrador from London to examine the wreckage of a new passenger plane designed by his company. His theory is that the planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. The absent minded Honey boards the Reindeer class plane and only realizes that this plane is due to fail in the next few hours after the plane is airborne. He decides to warn the crew and creates an incident regardless of whether he is right or wrong.Written by
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The concept of an airliner suffering catastrophic failure due to metal fatigue after a certain number of flight cycles, as outlined in the 1948 novel and this 1951 film, came true with the failures of the de Havilland Comet in 1954. There are a number of eerie parallels between the fictional account and the later actual events. See more »
At the end of the picture, Honey recalculates to take into account the test example being in a 'heated shed', whereas at the beginning of the picture you can see peoples' breath whilst they are talking. You don't see that in a 'heated shed'. See more »
Here is a film about people --real people, of conviction, and of character. The central problem, an aeronautical engineering equation, simply serves as a
vehicle around which unforgettable characters revolve. James Stewart is
simply wonderful as Mr. Honey, and Marlene Dietrich shines, and grows, as
"star" Monica Teasdale. An enduring film masterpiece for thoughtful adults.
The supporting actors are first rate: the daughter was surprising believable, the wonderful Glynis Johns in her usual dream performance. I rate it 9 out of 10, as these films will not happen soon again. Thoughtful dramas about flight and aeronautics abounded in the late 40's and 50's -- I recommend the British entry "The Night my Number Came Up" -- and should be studied and regarded by
serious film devotees.
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