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Broken Journey (1948)

Approved | | Drama | 31 May 1948 (UK)
A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, ... See full summary »

Directors:

Ken Annakin, Michael C. Chorlton (as Michael Chorlton)

Writer:

Robert Westerby (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Mary Johnstone
Margot Grahame ... Joanna Dane
James Donald ... Bill Haverton
Francis L. Sullivan ... Perami
Raymond Huntley ... Edward Marshall
David Tomlinson ... Jimmy Marshall
Derek Bond ... Richard Faber
Guy Rolfe ... Fox
Sonia Holm ... Anne Stephens
Grey Blake Grey Blake ... John Barber
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Kid Cormack
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Harry Gunn
Gerard Heinz ... Joseph Romer
Sybille Binder ... Lilli Romer
Amy Frank Amy Frank ... Frau Romer
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Storyline

A plane flying over the Swiss Alps develops engine trouble and is forced to crash-land on a glacier. Unable to radio for help because of damaged batteries and with limited food supplies, the survivors must come to a decision--whether to stay and wait for help they believe is coming or to leave the shelter of the wrecked plane and set out in bad weather to try to reach civilization. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Suspense! Comedy! Romance! In Another Great J. Arthur Rank Hit! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

31 May 1948 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Atterraggio forzato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Gainsborough Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (BAF)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The story was inspired by the crash of a C-53 Skytrooper on the Gauli Glacier in the Bernese Alps, Switzerland, on November 19,1946. All eight passengers and four crew survived despite injuries. The unprecedented international co-operation in the rescue effort provided a morale boost to post-war Europe and led to a complete rethinking of air rescue procedure. The renowned Swiss Air Rescue Guard was then formed in 1952. See more »

Quotes

Mary Johnstone: Why don't you go out and help the others?
Perami: In this cold wind? You think I'm crazy?
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Boring Plane Ride
13 August 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Broken Journey (1948)

** (out of 4)

Forgettable "disaster" film has a plane crashing in the Alps and the variety of people on board must try to figure out a way to rescue themselves as well as not fight each other. The entire disaster genre has always been popular whether it was in the silent era, those films of the 30s like SAN FRANSISCO or IN OLD CHICAGO and going all the way up to the craze in the 1970s. With that said, most of these films are still well remembered by film buffs but I guess it's easy to see why BROKEN JOURNEY has pretty much been forgotten. This really does seem like a drawn out, boring version of FIVE CAME BACK and this here doesn't feature a single character to care for. I thought the entire group of survivors were either annoying, boring or they just weren't anyone to root or care for. This is certainly a death nail in a disaster picture like this because the fun thing is seeing the wide range of people trying to cope with the situation and each other but there's just no one here to care about. Another problem is that the entire situation is just way too pretty. I mean, just take a look at the crash sequence, which seems like a simple landing on the side of a mountain because of how easy and pretty it all looked. The situation that the people are in is never dramatic because no matter what happens something good will take place so you never once feel as if these people are in danger. The performances range from good to decent and the cinematography is without question the best thing going for the film. The non-stop dialogue has the characters saying one boring thing after another and in the end there's just no reason to watch this.


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