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

We've got plenty of time.

Well, we made it, sir.

Yes, thanks. We're very grateful.

I'll have to get some change.

You can keep the

change on one condition.

Anything but murder, mister.

If anybody asks for us...

you've never seen us, and

you never brought us here.

Is that clear?

That's not only clear,

It's the truth, so help me.


There it is.

Our plane, huh?

In a few minutes, we'll

be out of all this mess.

It's wonderful.

Miss Peggy Nolan!

Beg your pardon, are you miss Nolan?



Miss Nolan!

Miss Peggy Nolan!

Miss Peggy Nolan!

That's my name.

Package for you, miss Nolan.

Thank you.

Violets, Madame. Gardenias, 10 cents.

Perhaps you can sell these.

Orchids. Thank you very much.

Next plane, flight

number nine, the silver queen.

Los Angeles to panama via

Tepic, Mexico. Leaving...

I do hope they haven't

misplaced our luggage.

Martha, dear, I'm sure the

young man knows his business

Quite well enough to

take care of everything.

He didn't look to me

As if he had a brain in his head.

Straighten your tie, Henry.

Thank you, dear. Thank you.

Hello, Joe. A note

from the superintendent.

Thanks, ray.

Oh, hello.


Traveling with us?


Yes, we are.

Watch your step, Tommy.

Now, Tommy, I want you to be a good boy

And mind your uncle Pete

just as you would me.

Do I have to go away and leave you?

Oh, I'll be with you in a day or two.

Then we'll get a boat and

go fishing and swimming

And everything.

How would you like that?

I'll join you in about a week.

Mike, why don't you chuck

everything and come with us?

You've squared all your beefs.

Nobody can lay a finger on you.

I'm thinking of him.

O.K. I'll see you in panama city.

See you later, Tommy.

I'll see you later. Don't be long.

I won't. Get going.

Say good-Bye to your pop.


Good-Bye, son.

See you soon, daddy.

That's the two we had trouble with?

Yes, sir. Six and seven cylinders.

Take a look at this, bill

Young man, how many

minutes before we start?

We'll be held up about

a quarter of an hour.

Orders from the department of labor.

The department of labor indeed,

You'll have to find a

better reason than that.

We're taking on an anarchist.


Yes. Murdered some war

minister down south.


They thing he's crazy.

But don't worry, folks.

He'll be in custody the entire trip.

He may not be as crazy as they think.

The government of my country deeply regrets

the trouble to which you've been put.

Oh, it's no trouble at all. Will

you kindly sign right there, please?

You too, Crimm.


Well, there are your deportation papers.

Once again, many thanks.

Here are your tickets and expense money.

You'll get the reward when you

deliver him to the proper authorities.

All this is very useless, gentlemen.

I can promise you you

will never deliver me

To the proper authorities.

With 5,000 bucks waiting

for me when I hand you over?

I'll get you there

If I have to take you in a little box.

Are you positive you don't want

us to send one of our officers

Along with crimp?

I am certain senor crimp

will deliver him safely.

If you please, gentlemen, don't move.

You haven't a chance, Vasquez.

This is the seventh floor, and

between here and the street,

There are at least 50

officers... all armed.

Hanging is such an unpleasant death.

Besides, a hanged man always dies alone.

I much prefer dying in the company

of decent citizens like you...

always provided I'm the last to die.

So don't try to stop me.

Behind you, Vasquez.

Drop that gun.

Your warning might have

cost Murphy his life.

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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