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Island in the Sky

Island in the Sky
Movie: Island in the Sky(1953)[tt0045919] 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.
Title Island in the Sky
Release Date 9 November 1953 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Adventure, Drama
Production Companies Wayne-Fellows Productions
John Wayne
John Wayne...
Capt. Dooley...
Lloyd Nolan
Lloyd Nolan...
Captain Stutz...
Walter Abel
Walter Abel...
Col. Fuller...
James Arness
James Arness...
Mac McMullen...
Andy Devine
Andy Devine...
Willie Moon...
Allyn Joslyn
Allyn Joslyn...
J.H. Handy...
Jimmy Lydon
Jimmy Lydon...
Murray (as James...
Harry Carey Jr.
Harry Carey Jr....
Ralph Hunt...
Hal Baylor
Hal Baylor...
Stankowski...
Sean McClory
Sean McClory...
Frank Lovatt...
Wally Cassell
Wally Cassell...
D'Annunzia...
Gordon Jones
Gordon Jones...
Walrus...
Frank Fenton
Frank Fenton...
Capt. Turner...
Sumner Getchell
Sumner Getchell...
Lt. Cord...

Reviews

bsmith5552 on 9 August 2005
"Island In the Sky" has long been unavailable for viewing. The recent DVD release remedies that. It has been beautifully restored to its original black and white brilliance and contains some of the best aerial photography (no special effects here) by veteran cinematographer William Clothier.Capt. Dooley (John Wayne) and his crew, co-pilot Lovatt (Sean McClory), radio man D'Annunzia (Wally Cassell). navigator Murray (James Lydon) and engineer Stankowski (Hal Baylor) are civilian filters, flying a military aircraft used for supplying troops in WWII. Suddenly their compass malfunctions and they drift off course, flying into uncharted grounds deep into The Great White North. The plane goes down in the wilderness and the crew is forced to find ways to survive in the bone chilling cold.Meanwhile back at the base the cry of "Dooley's Down" rings out. Fellow pilots rally to help their downed colleagues. Col. Fuller (Walter Abel) along with his sergeant (Regis Toomey) coordinate the search efforts. Among the pilots in on the search are Stuz (Lloyd Nolan), McMullen (James Arness), Moon (Andy Devine), Handy (Allyn Joslyn) and Fitch (Louis Jean Heydt).Dooley and his crew fashion a shelter and fight to survive. One day the rescue planes fly over but do not see the downed filters. Finally after several searches..............As in most John Wayne films, the John Wayne Stock Company is evident. Appearing in various roles are Harry Carey Jr,, Bob Steele, Darryl Hickman, Gordon Jones, Carl "Alflafa" Switzer, Paul Fix, Fess Parker, Mike "Touch" Connors and in a hilarious bit, Wellman regular George Chandler.William Wellman, who provides the voice over narration, was a master at directing air movies having begun with the classic "Wings" (1927). The aerial shots of the fleet of DC-3 planes is breath taking. Credability is stretched a little when we see the downed airmen clad only in their regular clothing and wrapped in single blankets supposedly surviving in temperatures of up to -70F. Also the story takes place in Northern Labrador however, the doomed plane was flying a north-west course of some 600 miles away from the St. Lawrence River which would take them away from Labrador and into Northern Quebec.The DVD Special Edition contains an excellent feature commentary with Leonard Maltin, William Wellman Jr., Darryl Hickman and James Lydon. Maltin also hosts the other segments including a memorable "John Wayne Stock Company" interview with veteran actor Harry Carey Jr.Well worth the long wait.

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