Five Came Back

Synopsis: Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety. Do both Bill and Joe make the flight out? And what about the rest: Peggy, a woman with a slightly tarnished past; Pete, a racketeer who is escorting his boss's young son Tommy; Alice and Judson, eloping lovers who seem to have less in common as their plight changes one of them in the other's eyes; Crimp, who is bringing criminal Vasquez to justice; Prof. and Mrs. Spengler, an elderly couple whom become closer due to their predicament; and finally, is fl
Director(s): John Farrow
Production: RKO Pictures
75 min

What's the matter with you, crimp?

I said I'd deliver

him alive, and I will.

Nobody's going to do

me out of my reward.

They are holding the plane for you now.

Come on, you.

That's him.

Have you got a match?


Thank you, miss.

Looks like we're taking

the same plane, sister.

I don't talk to cops.

They been bothering you much lately?

Your papers are in order.

The steward will show you to your seats.

Thank you.

That's all right.

The steward will show

you to your seat, too.

Ready to go, miss?

Altitude 3,000 feet. Visibility good.

Ceiling unlimited.

Give me weather at Tepic.

Wx2z to wnwo.

Come in.

Wx2z back to wnwo.

O.K., thanks.

Wx2z off.

Tepic's all clear.


What are you going to do when

we lay over in panama city?


I'm figuring on a round of gaiety.

With the passenger in seat 5?


That's her boss with her, isn't it?

Sure. Young Alice.

She says his old man owns

half of south America.

Rubber and tin.

He might not like the idea

Of you chiseling in on his secretary.

They're mighty friendly.

I suppose if you had a secretary,

You'd give her a slap in the teeth.

I saw them holding hands.

Well, maybe he's got business worries.

Yeah, maybe.

I think I'll go aft and have a sandwich.

Hey, skipper.

Good evening.

Aren't you going to get any sleep?

Later on maybe.

I just want to be sure my friend here

Doesn't try to go for a walk.

At this altitude?

You might want to get

it over in a hurry,

And you're worth 5,000 bucks to me.

Yes, Mr. Crimp. I'm very

expensive merchandise...

and I

warn you...

You'd better not relax your

vigilance for one minute.

I'll stay awake all night.

All right, now, Tommy,

let's go to sleep.

Well, we have to say our prayers first.

What do you mean "we"?

Don't you say your prayers every night?

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Jerome Cady

Jerome Cady (August 15, 1903 – November 7, 1948) was a Hollywood screenwriter. What promised to be a lucrative and successful career as a film writer - graduating up from Charlie Chan movies in the late 1930s to such well respected war films as Guadalcanal Diary (1943), a successful adaptation of Forever Amber (1947) and the police procedural Call Northside 777 (1948) - came to an abrupt end when he died of a sleeping pill overdose onboard his yacht off Catalina Island in 1948. At the time of his death, he was doing a treatment for a documentary on the Northwest Mounted Police. There was a Masonic funeral service for him. He received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay for Wing and a Prayer in 1944. A native of West Virginia, Cady started as a newspaper copy boy. He was later a reporter with the Los Angeles Record, before joining the continuity staff of KECA-KFI, Los Angeles in June 1932. He spent time in New York in the 1930s with Fletcher & Ellis Inc. as its director of radio, returning to Los Angeles in 1936. He joined 20th Century Fox in 1940, having previously been employed at RKO between radio jobs.. more…

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