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.
 
IMDB:
6.9
Rotten Tomatoes:
25%
NOT RATED
Year:
1954
147 min
57 Views

Hey, fella.

Ain't you Dan Roman?

Yeah.

I heard you whistling

and I said to myself,

only one guy does that just so.

I'd know that

ugly face of yours anywhere.

But you don't remember me, I bet you.

Sure I do. Ben Sneed.

I thought you'd be milking cows

somewheres on your own...

I mean, I thought you'd quit flying.

I thought you'd stay away

from these things.

They're only a hunk of metal.

They don't go no place in particular.

I guess I just haven't got

much willpower, Ben.

- What are you up to?

- Crew chiefing with Far East.

It's a good job.

I gotta go, Dan.

- I just thought I'd say hello.

- Sure. Good luck.

- Either one of you know that man?

- Sure looks old for a copilot.

- Didn't know we were so hard up.

- He weren't always a copilot.

We used to call him "Whistling Dan. "

One of the finest men you'd ever know.

And the most miserable. He was

down in Colombia same time I was.

He's taking off one night

with a full load

and one of them South American

line squalls

decided to hit the field at the same time.

The wind shifts too late for him to stop

and he don't quite make it over

a little hill at the end of the field.

I remember that one.

Right after the war, right?

Yeah. Dan hits flap,

but the ship breaks in half

and there's nothing but fire

in 10 seconds.

Dan gets tossed

through the cockpit window

and only gets a few scratches

plus that game leg of his.

Which leaves him alive to blame

himself. Everybody else gets killed.

Sounds to me like he was pretty lucky.

It don't work out quite that way.

I knew two of the passengers.

They were off to the coast for a holiday.

Blonde girl, name of Mary

and a little boy, name of Tony.

Everybody thought

they were wonderful people,

including Dan Roman.

Mary was Dan's wife

and little Tony was his only kid.

Yup.

Dan is the only guy I ever knew who

had guts enough not to commit suicide.

Flight 21 now arriving,

Gate 1, from Los Angeles.

Miss Betty Emsley,

please report to the information desk.

Nice to have you with us, Mr Flaherty.

Please check with immigration now.

You'll board in about 30 minutes.

This is Miss Spalding, your stewardess.

- I'll be in the bar.

- We'll call you, Mr Flaherty.

Trouble.

- Mr and Mrs Joseph?

- Yes, sirree.

The Waikiki kids. Just put us down

as a float for the Rose Bowl parade.

- Your age, Mr Joseph?

- Today?

No, I'm 38, so help me.

- Birthplace?

- Passaic, New Jersey.

That's the Garden State.

Motto. Liberty and prosperity.

Bounded on the north by New York,

on the south by...

- And Mrs Joseph?

- Shall I tell him? I'm 33,

and I was born in Ogden, Utah.

Thank you, immensely.

Aloha.

- Hey, look. Remember?

- Yeah.

My name is Sally McKee.

I'm 30 years old.

I was born in Riverside, California.

- You're still a United States citizen?

- Yes, of course.

Thank you, Miss McKee.

Please check with immigration.

Your flight will be announced.

She may be put together

with paste and flour,

but that woman has something.

What would you say it was?

Practise. Plenty of practise.

- Aren't you...

- Yes, I'm Gustave Pardee.

I've enjoyed your New York shows

very much.

Good. Delighted.

Here are our tickets.

I'm 47 and I was born in New York City.

Mrs Pardee?

I'm 30,

and I was born in Owosso, Michigan.

- How will the weather be?

- Fine, Mr Pardee.

You should have a very pleasant trip.

He looks like a tired walrus on a rock.

She looks like she's done all right

for a slender redhead from Owosso.

- Ken Childs, 53. Born in Philadelphia.

- Yes, Mr Childs.

I don't know where my luggage is. The

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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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