Zero Hour!


A routine flight turns into a major emergency as passengers and crew succumb to food poisoning - is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane? If that sounds vaguely familiar, it's because 'Airplane' was a send-up of this forerunner of the 1970s disaster movie. Written by Michael Brooke

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  1. Hall Bartlett

    Director, Screenplay

  2. John C. Champion


  3. Arthur Hailey


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  1. Dana Andrews

    Dana Andrews

    Lt. Ted Stryker

  2. Linda Darnell

    Linda Darnell

    Ellen Stryker

  3. Sterling Hayden

    Sterling Hayden

    Captain Martin Treleaven

  4. Geoffrey Toone

    Geoffrey Toone

    Dr. Baird

  5. Jerry Paris

    Jerry Paris

    Tony Decker

  6. SL

    Steve London

    First Officer Walt Stewart

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 21m

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Release Information

  • November 13, 1957



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A review by John Chard

By John Chard

Tension and Terror in the Skies!

Famously parodied as Airplane in 1980, it gets forgotten just what a rollicking good thriller Zero Hour! is. Dana Andrews is the airman scarred by an incident during the war who has to battle his demons when the crew and passengers of the jumbo jet he is aboard fall victim to food poisoning. Sterling Hayden is down on the ground smoking loads of ciggies and having no faith in trying to talk Andrews down safely.

One of the first disaster aeroplane movies, it follows what we now regard as the staples of the genre. Troubled protagonist, family strife, calm ch... read the rest.

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