The High and the Mighty

Synopsis: One disaster after another happens on this trans-Pacific flight. You have the pilot who loses his nerve! The washed-up co-pilot. The milquetoast flight engineer. The young hot shot second officer. And a cabin full of passengers with every range of problems and personalities there could possibly be. Here you have the Duke in a role he didn't want, and a movie with the title song that became Duke's theme. What else could any John Wayne fan want? It's all here, and then some.
Director(s): William A. Wellman
Production: Paramount Pictures
  Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
147 min

Royal was supposed to send it down.

We'll check right into it, sir.

May I introduce your stewardess,

Miss Spalding.

Hello, sister. New here, aren't you?

Four months now with the company,

Mr Childs.

Good. I don't know where they get

some of the girls

but things are improving.

One of the few men who has ever made

any real money out of aviation.

He's one of our stockholders.

Treat him accordingly.

If you please.

- Dorothy Chen?

- Yes.

- Born in Antung, Manchuria?

- Yes, but I am Korean.

You have your passport handy,

of course.

Please take it to immigration.

It's just over there.

It's a real pleasure

to have you with us, Miss Chen.

Thank you, sir.

- That face.

- A moon and a willow tree.

West Airlines,

Flight 7 from San Francisco,

now arriving, Gate 11.

I'm sorry I'm late, Skipper. I got hung up

buying a present for my wife.

Susie will sure be excited

when she sees this.


I already been up to Weather.

The winds aren't too bad.

Let's try 9,000 for a change.

I'll have a flight plan

in 15 minutes, Skipper.

I hope Susie likes this tray.

3,050 gallons be all right

for takeoff, Captain?

Sounds all right,

let's see what Leonard says.

It looks about 12 hours and 16 minutes,

if these winds

are anywhere near correct.

Okay, 30-50 takeoff.

West Airlines,

Flight 7 from San Francisco

now arriving, Gate 11.

Say, Skipper, how old would you say

Dan Roman is?

He was flying planes before I was born.

Look at it yourself.

He flew the airmail

in the open-cockpit days.

I think he learned to fly

in the first World War.

And endurance flights, racing,

old-time barnstorming.

Ten or 15 years with Transworld.

In the second World War, he flew

a bomber in the Ploiesti oilfield raid.

He took his cracks at Germany

in B-17 s,

finally wound up with a B-29 squad

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Ernest K. Gann

Ernest Kellogg Gann (October 13, 1910 – December 19, 1991) was an American aviator, author, sailor, and conservationist. He is known for his novels Island in the Sky and The High and the Mighty and his classic memoir of early commercial aviation Fate Is the Hunter, all of which were made into major motion pictures. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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