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Island in the Sky (1953)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama | 5 September 1953 (USA)
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A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

Director:

William A. Wellman

Writers:

Ernest K. Gann (screenplay), Ernest K. Gann (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Wayne ... Capt. Dooley
Lloyd Nolan ... Captain Stutz
Walter Abel ... Col. Fuller
James Arness ... Mac McMullen
Andy Devine ... Willie Moon
Allyn Joslyn ... J.H. Handy
Jimmy Lydon ... Murray (as James Lydon)
Harry Carey Jr. ... Ralph Hunt
Hal Baylor ... Stankowski
Sean McClory ... Frank Lovatt
Wally Cassell ... D'Annunzia
Gordon Jones ... Walrus
Frank Fenton ... Capt. Turner
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Maj. Ditson
Sumner Getchell ... Lt. Cord
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Storyline

A C-47 transport plane, named the Corsair, makes a forced landing in the frozen wastes of Quebec, and the plane's pilot, Captain Dooley, must keep his men alive in deadly conditions while waiting for rescue.

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Taglines:

With All the White Hell of the Wasteland Against Him Dooley Was Beating His Way Back! See more »

Genres:

Adventure | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

William A. Wellman's Island in the Sky See more »

Filming Locations:

White Mountains, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$967,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (WarnerPhonic/RCA Sound System)| 4-Track Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was one of just three films released theatrically in "WarnerPhonic" sound, an early four-channel surround sound system. Unfortunately, only the mono version of the soundtrack has survived. See more »

Goofs

The US insignia on the fuselage have the red line through the center of the 'wing-portion' around the central star. This was not placed there until post-war ~1947. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Dooley: I'll shoot the first one of ya to leave camp. I'll aim for your legs. I may miss and hit ya in the back of the head. Either way serves ya right.
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Connections

Referenced in Lost in Space: Island in the Sky (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Blue Waters
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Written by Emil Newman and Irving Newman
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John Wayne crashes and almost freezes to death
9 July 1999 | by MartaSee all my reviews

This is one of my husband's favorite films, but he won't write reviews so it's up to me. Wayne and his crew crash in a bitterly cold mountainous region, and spend the rest of the film trying to contact someone to rescue them. Their radio is out, and all they have is a hand-cranked signal device that must be continuously operated if they have a chance of being found. They slowly lose crewmen as the hours go by to injuries and the cold. Will they be rescued?

We've got an old copy of "Island in the Sky" on tape or I would never have been able to write this review since it was made before I was born. This film is one of the Wayne estate's hostage's; it's mired in legal battles and who knows when it will ever be out. The same used to be true of "McClintock", but that eventually came out, so there is hope.


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