|TROUBLE IN THE SKY (CONE OF SILENCE) (director: Charles Frend; screenwriters: from the novel by David Beaty/Jeffrey Dell/Robert Westerby; cinematographer: Arthur Grant; editor: Max Benedict; music: Gerard Schurmann; cast: Peter Cushing (Capt. Clive Judd), George Sanders (Sir Arnold Hobbes), Gordon Jackson (Capt. Jock Bateson), Michael Craig (Capt. Hugh Dallas), Andre Morell (Capt. Edward Manningham), Bernard Lee (Capt. George Gort), Elizabeth Seal (Charlotte Gort), Noel Willman (Nigel Pickering); Runtime: 76; MPAA Rating: PG; producer: Aubrey Baring; VCI Entertainment/Universal ; 1960-UK)|
|"The story is inspired by true
events in the 1950s."
by Dennis Schwartz
Frend ("The Sky Bike"/"Torpedo
Bay"/"Girl on Approval"), the former editor for
Hitchcock, adeptly helms this classic civil aviation
suspense thriller. It fails to clearly develop its
characters with any clarity, but its aerial cockpit
scenes are still exciting even if the technology parts
are dated. The story is inspired by true events in the
1950s. It's based on the novel by David Beaty and the
screenplay is written by Jeffrey Dell and Robert
Brit pilot Capt. George Gort (Bernard
Lee), for the fictional Phoenix Fleet, crashes in
India and is blamed by the airline industry for the
death of the co-pilot. Gort then tries clearing his
name. When returned to duty, his plane again crashes
in India and he's killed.
George Sanders is the crash investigator. Peter Cushing is the arrogant pilot, Gort's most hostile critic. Elizabeth Seal is Gort's loyal daughter. Michael Craig) is the military pilot who helps Gort, at his daughter's request, to clear his name. Noel Willman is the villainous plane designer.
REVIEWED ON 10/20/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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