No Highway in the Sky

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Overview

Henry Koster directs the 1951 aviation drama No Highway in the Sky, based on the novel by Nevil Shute. James Stewart stars as Theodore Honey, a widower and single parent to 11-year-old Elspeth (Janette Scott). He's also an absent-minded engineer who has formed a scientific theory about metal fatigue in a specific model of aircraft. He tries to convince British Airways that their airplanes will come apart after a certain amount of miles, but no one believes him. Then administrator Dennis Scott (Jack Hawkins) sends...
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Overview

Henry Koster directs the 1951 aviation drama No Highway in the Sky, based on the novel by Nevil Shute. James Stewart stars as Theodore Honey, a widower and single parent to 11-year-old Elspeth (Janette Scott). He's also an absent-minded engineer who has formed a scientific theory about metal fatigue in a specific model of aircraft. He tries to convince British Airways that their airplanes will come apart after a certain amount of miles, but no one believes him. Then administrator Dennis Scott (Jack Hawkins) sends him on a flying mission to investigate a crash site in Newfoundland. Along the way, he meets stewardess Marjorie Corder (Glynnis Johns) and movie star Monica Teasdale (Marlene Dietrich).
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
No Highway in the Sky is a more-than-decent drama about dangerous aviation design flaws that in some ways presaged later real life air disasters suffered by a British-designed jet. While parts of the Highway screenplay are a bit structurally creaky themselves, under Henry Koster's expert and focused direction, they're more than acceptable. As we watch, we know that we're being manipulated, but we're having a good enough time along the way that we don't really mind. Besides, the creators have done a fine job of giving us an engaging hero, an engineer who's socially awkward and not prone to heroics but who finds the ability to rise to heroic heights. Again, we've seen this kind of thing before, but Highway gives the character just enough quirks to make him fresh. More importantly, the character is played by Jimmy Stewart, whose appeal and everyday personality make us like him, and whose considerable skill adds corners and angles to the character that we otherwise wouldn't see. Glynis Johns is also a great addition, but it's Marlene Dietrich who gets the most attention. It may be Stewart's picture, but her glamorous "I'm just being Dietrich" performance is irresistible.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2013
  • UPC: 024543878162
  • Original Release: 1951
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  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,484

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Theodore Honey
Marlene Dietrich Monica Teasdale
Glynis Johns Marjorie Corder
Jack Hawkins Dennis Scott
Ronald Squire Sir John, the Director
Janette Scott Elspeth Honey
Kenneth More Dobson
David Hutcheson Penworthy
Ben Williams Guard
Maurice Denham Maj. Pearl
Basil Appleby 2nd Engineer
Michael Kingsley Navigator
Peter Murray Radio Operator
Elizabeth Allan Shirley Scott
Dora Bryan Rosie
Felix Aylmer Sir Philip
Jill Clifford Peggy
Hugh Cross Director's Secretary
Tom Gill RAF Pilot
Michael McCarthy Bus Conductor
Marcel Poncin Scientist
Philip Ray Burroughs
Roy Russell Butler
John Salew Symes
Cyril Smith Airport Officer
Karel Stepanek Mannheim
Hugh Wakefield Sir David Moon
Wilfred Walter Tracy
Maxwell Foster
Gerald Kent
Douglas Bradley-Smith Staff of Directors at Farnborough
Stuart Nichol
Philip Vickers Control Officer
Wilfrid Hyde-White Fisher
Bessie Love
Niall MacGinnis Capt. Samuelson
Hector MacGregor 1st Engineer
Technical Credits
Henry Koster Director
Malcolm Arnold Score Composer
Manuel del Campo Editor
Alec Coppel Screenwriter
Christian Dior Costumes/Costume Designer
Louis D. Lighton Producer
Oscar Millard Screenwriter
C.P. Norman Art Director
Georges Périnal Cinematographer
R.C. Sherriff Screenwriter
Nevil Shute Screenwriter
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2003

    Sit Back...and Enjoy the Story..Perfect for a Sunday Afternoon

    Initially sad, this movie moves inside the frustration and motives of a brilliant scientist who can figure out everything but love and inimacy. In bringing down the plane, he realizes his genius, and his vulnerability...all in winsome style.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Very highly recommended

    Stewart and Dietrich make this a very highly suspensful adventure. Stweart plays the person he does best. He is an average guy who becomes aware of a critical flaw in an aircraft's design. Natually no-one believes him and it's up to him and very few others to make the powers to be listen. A little known film that will keep you glued to the final scene. Five Stars.
    mike-s

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

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    One of our Perfect Little Movies. I started out at an aeronauti

    One of our Perfect Little Movies. I started out at an aeronautical company and this movie is absolutely Right On, full of the truth about engineering. The acting is delightful, especially the little girl. I am so glad this movie is now available here!

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