The High And The Mighty (1954)

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    • The High And The Mighty (1954)

      THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY

      DIRECTED BY WILLIAM A. WELLMAN
      PRODUCED BY JOHN WAYNE/ ROBERT FELLOWS
      WAYNE-FELLOWS PRODUCTION
      MUSIC BY DIMITRI TIOMKIN
      WARNER BROS


      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas
      INFORMATION FROM IMDb

      Full Cast
      John Wayne .... Dan Roman
      Claire Trevor .... May Holst
      Laraine Day .... Lydia Rice
      Robert Stack .... John Sullivan
      Jan Sterling .... Sally McKee
      Phil Harris .... Ed Joseph
      Robert Newton .... Gustave Pardee
      David Brian .... Ken Childs
      Paul Kelly .... Donald Flaherty
      Sidney Blackmer .... Humphrey Agnew
      Julie Bishop .... Lillian Pardee
      Pedro Gonzales-Gonzales .... Gonzales (as Gonzales Gonzales)
      John Howard .... Howard Rice
      Wally Brown .... Lenny Wilby, navigator
      William Campbell .... Hobie Wheeler
      John Qualen .... Jose Locota
      Ann Doran .... Clara Joseph
      Paul Fix .... Frank Briscoe
      Joy Kim .... Dorothy Chen
      George Chandler .... Ben Sneed
      Michael Wellman .... Toby Field
      Douglas Fowley .... Alsop
      Regis Toomey .... Tim Garfield
      Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer .... Ensign Keim (as Carl Switzer)
      Robert Keys .... Lieutenant Mowbray
      William Hopper .... Roy (as William DeWolf Hopper)
      William Schallert .... Dispatcher
      Julie Mitchum .... Susie Wilby
      Doe Avedon .... Miss Spalding
      Karen Sharpe .... Nell Buck
      John Smith .... Milo Buck
      John Close .... Mechanic (uncredited)
      James Conaty .... Mrs. Joseph's Doctor (uncredited)
      Robert Easton .... Cargo Clerk (uncredited)
      Dorothy Ford .... Mrs. Wilson (uncredited)
      Al Hill .... San Francisco Ground Crewman (uncredited)
      William Hudson .... Reporter (uncredited)
      John Indrisano .... Radar Operator (uncredited)
      Douglas Kennedy .... Boyd, Reporter (uncredited)
      David Leonard .... Scientist (uncredited)
      Al Murphy .... Lighthouse Dispatcher (uncredited)
      William H. O'Brien .... Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
      Walter Reed .... Mr. Field (uncredited)
      Philip Van Zandt .... Mr. Wilson (uncredited)

      Stunts
      Tom Hennesy .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bill Keating .... DC-4 stunt pilot (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Ernest K. Gann also novel

      Original Music
      Dimitri Tiomkin
      Capt. Francis S. Van Boskerck (song "Semper Paratus" ['Always Ready'])
      John Qualen (cues) (uncredited)

      Cinematography
      Archie Stout

      Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
      Andrew V. McLaglen

      Other crew
      William H. Clothier .... aerial photographer
      Muzzy Marcellino .... whistler: dubbing for John Wayne
      Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
      Ned Washington .... lyricist

      Trivia
      The lyrics to the famed title song are only heard at the very end, are sung by a large choral group, and are different than the familiar lyrics heard in the popular-song record releases of the time.

      Jan Sterling reportedly shaved her eyebrows for her role in the film and they never grew back.

      John Wayne's first film in CinemaScope.

      Producer John Wayne chose Robert Cummings as his co-star for the role of Captain Sullivan. Director William A. Wellman, however, overrode his producer and chose Robert Stack for the part.

      Joan Crawford, Ida Lupino, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, and Dorothy McGuire all turned down roles in this film.

      Spencer Tracy was originally cast as Dan Roman. He backed out of the film, however, after hearing several negative comments about how strict a disciplinarian director William A. Wellman was.

      Average Shot Length (ASL) = 11 seconds

      The actual DC-4 aircraft used to film the passenger boarding and flying sequences was a former military surplus Douglas C-54A-10-DC built in 1944. When filmed, the aircraft (then registered as N4726V) was being operated by Transocean Airlines for whom the film's author, Ernest K. Gann, had flown these planes over the Hawaii-California routes. Known as the "The Argentine Queen," before being acquired by Transocean in 1953 it had been the personal aircraft of Argentine dictator Juan Domingo Perón. Ironically, a little more than a decade after appearing in the film this aircraft and the nine persons on board were lost on March 28, 1964, when the plane was forced to ditch in the Pacific Ocean about 700 miles west of San Francisco. The plane was about eight hours into a charter flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles when the pilot reported a serious fire in engine #2. The Coast Guard searched for the aircraft for five days but no trace of it was ever found.

      Towards the end of the movie, when Robert Stack tells John Wayne to whistle something (because he works better with music), the tune that John Wayne whistles is, "I'm a Ramblin' Wreck from Georgia Tech".

      John Wayne's role was first offered to Spencer Tracy. However, Tracy, a Democrat who opposed blacklisting, wanted nothing to do with Wayne's Batjac production company and turned the part down.

      Goofs
      * Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): At the missile testing site, the word "missile" is misspelled "missle" on the sign.

      * Continuity: When Dan Roman stumbles from the burning wreckage of an airliner in a flashback sequence, he sees and reaches for a burning teddy bear. When he picks it up, it's no longer burning.

      * Revealing mistakes: In the flashback story her husband tells, Clara Joseph falls down some stairs and kicks a waiter's tray in the process. However, when they cut from the closeup of her feet, she is obviously sitting on the bottom step. She then leans back, takes aim, and kicks the tray. She then lies back like it was all one continuous motion.

      * Factual errors: The sound of the yellow flying bomb is wrong. It is audibly a jet engine, but the flying bomb is actually a German V1 which is powered by a ram jet: slats on the nacelle let in air that was mixed with fuel and ignited by a spark plug. The machine in flight sounded like a backfiring automobile.

      * Factual errors: Near the end of the film, Air Traffic Control clears the aircraft to land on "runway 39" This is impossible. Runways are numbered are within 10 degrees of their actual magnetic heading, and since there are only 360 degrees on the compass, the highest runway number possible is "runway 36".

      * Revealing mistakes: When co-pilot Dan Roman was walking down the isle to explain to the passengers what was wrong with the engines, you could see the whole right wall of the plane was missing as the camera tracked him.

      * Revealing mistakes: When stewardess Spalding was preparing the liquor drinks, a problem with the plane caused a severe vibration. The table and the drinks shook, jumped and nearly fell, yet she did not shake, nor did the walls, or the curtain right behind her.

      * Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Jan Sterling showed a newspaper article to Robert Stack, it was dated 1948. Jan commented that the article was "8 years old". The movie was released in 1954, only 6 years after the article was written.

      * Miscellaneous: In the Columbia crash sequence the tail of a burning DC-3 is clearly visible. However, among the wreckage was the front flashing of a B-29 nacelle, having one large circular opening with a crescent shaped opening on either side. The DC-3 has a simple circular opening.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Location
      Samuel Goldwyn/Warner Hollywood Studios - 1041 N. Formosa Ave., Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. Now known as The Lot
      (studio)

      Watch the Trailer

      The High And The Mighty

      Previous discussion:- on this 'super' thread

      The High And The Mighty
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • The High and the Mighty is a 1954 American "disaster" film
      directed by William A. Wellman and written by Ernest K. Gann
      who also wrote the novel on which his screenplay was based.

      The film's cast was headlined by John Wayne, who was also the project's co-producer.
      Composer Dimitri Tiomkin won an Academy Award for his original score
      while his title song for the film also was nominated for an Oscar.

      The film received mostly positive reviews and grossed $8.5 million in its theatrical release.
      The supporting cast includes Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, Robert Stack,
      Jan Sterling, Phil Harris
      and Robert Newton.

      Based on the Ernest K. Gann, of the same name, this film was shot mainly
      on the Goldwyn lot, in Hollywood.

      It was to be Duke's first film in Cinemascope, and the last he would make,
      under the Wayne-Fellows name.

      It is unique, because all the action, mainly takes place within the airplane,
      and director Wellman.had the nerve to film the whole thing in Cinemascope!

      The actors had to endure, tedious hours,
      sat in one place, in the cold climate, of the sound stage.
      Duke was forced by the studios, to star in the film, after Spency Tracy,
      suddenly bowed out.
      Duke acquitted himself as the co-pilot., Dan Roman.
      Roman was a steadfast character, and it was, belief in himself and the aircraft,
      that eventually secured everyone's safety. with the help of lifetime pal Claire Trevor
      and his other female co-star Larraine Day.
      Another lifetime friend Paul Fix, played the part of an ageing passenger.

      Robert Stack,the Captain, was fascinated, with Duke, in the way
      he made the lines that were written, always sound like John Wayne, no matter what!!

      Stack commented
      ,
      I'd get behind a flat and listen to his reading the dialogue....
      and I'd think, Man, that's not really very good, and for Radio.
      it wasn't very good.But the minute you saw that great American face, up there
      on the screen, it didn't matter.He could have been talking in Esperanto, and nobody would give a damn

      The High and the Mighty proved a huge critical and commercial success,
      and made millions, for Wayne-Fellows.

      Even if the plot was a little contrived, the special effects and performances,
      made for an engaging film.
      The action inside the aircraft was electric, and I thought more exciting, than,
      any other airplane disaster movies, that followed.
      The theme music, soared to the top of hit parade, and this contributed
      greatly to the films success.
      The closing scene, of Duke limping along.into a foggy evening, whistling the theme tune, is a classic.

      User Review
      Mike and Pat--Don't hold this one back
      14 January 2002 | by JB-12 (Long Island NY)

      Probably the most popular film that has never been released to any video medium, The High and the Mighty is th4e granddaddy of all of those disaster pictures that became popular in the 70s, but they do not hold a candle to this one.

      The Wayne Family in general, and I would assume sons Michael and Patrick in particular, own the film along with some others. One has to wonder why they do not release it. I have a copy I recorded from HBO many years ago and when aired it was a great print. I am fortunate to be able to see it now and then at my own leisure.

      The plot of a crippled airliner in the middle of the Pacific doesn't accurately describe this film. It is a true character study with some of the finest actors of the day on hand delivering brilliant performances. Those that stand out include Jan Sterling (oscar nominee and Golden Globe winner), Claire Trevor (Oscar nominated), Phil Harris, Robert Newton, and David Brian. But each and every one in the rest of the cast can take a bow for a job well done. And That includes Wayne himself. His Dan Roman is complete, a man with strengths and weaknesses, but a man who eventually is the only one to step up in a time of crisis. It is one of his best performances.

      William Wellman's direction keeps the film moving, Dimitri Tiomkin's Oscar winning score had viewers whistling along with Whistling Dan.

      Mike and Pat, please let this one out before it becomes an antique. A new generation of your father's fans await this classic. It is not fair to deny them their chance to see him. And by the way. John Wayne was not the original choice to play Dan Roman. When He acquired the rights to the film he just wanted to produce it ( a la Bullfighter and the Lady). His choice wanted to play the role, but schedule conflicts prevented this, thus John Wayne had to play the role he offered to Spencer Tracy
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

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    • Hi

      At this moment Sky Cinema 1 is showing The High And the Mighty and with a bit of luck I am taping it.

      It's amazing some of the things you learn reading the credits I find that John Qualen who I intend to review next month composed some of the music for the film.

      Talking about the music I have lost the original thread regarding this question but I recall somebody saying that they didn't know that the song The High and The Mighty had words.

      I have the original sheet music which originally cost 2/- (10 pence in Decoimal currency)

      I obviously can't read music or know how the stanzas are put to-gether but if anyone is interested here goes:-

      'I was high and mighty,
      How I laughed at love,
      And the stars above,
      Then you came like a gentle flame
      And helped me find my way!

      I was high and mighty
      And I told my heart
      Where to stop and start,
      Now I find that I was blind,
      I'm learning it day by day!
      Love can change things,
      Re-Arrange things,
      Oh, what strange things love can do!

      I'm not high and mighty
      But I have what's worth
      All the gold on earth,
      I have you and I give my heart
      For - ev - er and ev - er to you
      you, you, you!



      Regards

      Arthur
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Hi

      :lol:
      AT LONG LAST :D

      I have a watchable copy of The High And The Mighty. it has no adverts , Its in a split screen but I can live with that. its only taken me 52 years from first seeing the picture as an eleven year old at the local TROXY cinema to have a watchable copy.


      Regards


      Arthur
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Hi Robbie

      One of the problems with waiting for so long to see a film you have waited for years to see is that it sometimes fails to live up to the expectations and many people thought this would be tha case with The High And the Mighty.

      In my case I enjoyed it the first time round and seeing it for the second time only brougt back the previous enjoyment.

      As to the merits of whether its a good film or not this is down to conjecture. For me personally it was enjoyable and under that criteria I think its a good film.

      Regards

      Arthur
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Originally posted by arthurarnell@Aug 20 2006, 12:33 PM
      Hi Robbie

      One of the problems with waiting for so long to see a film you have waited for years to see is that it sometimes fails to live up to the expectations and many people thought this would be tha case with  The High And the Mighty.

      In my case I enjoyed it the first time round and seeing it for the second time only brougt back the previous enjoyment.

      As to the merits of whether its a good film or not this is down to  conjecture. For me personally it was enjoyable and under that criteria I think its a good film.

      Regards

      Arthur
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      I couldn't agree with you more Arthur. I was afraid that I wouldn't care far it because of all the hype from this board and the days before the release. But, I was pleasently surprised and find myself thinking about the film occasionally and have the need to see it again. That's how I can tell I like a film.
      Life is hard, its even harder when your stupid!!
      -John Wayne
    • Originally posted by arthurarnell@Aug 20 2006, 02:00 PM
      Hi

      :lol:
      AT LONG LAST :D

      I have a watchable copy of The High And The Mighty. it has no adverts , Its in a split screen but I can live with that. its only taken me 52 years from first seeing  the picture as an eleven year old at the local TROXY cinema to have a watchable copy.
      Regards
      Arthur
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      Hi Arthur,
      you haven't multizone player? There is ways to make any player multizone, only I don't know how. Some instructions in Internet must be.
      I myself like this film very much too, enjoyed it and it's music. But never read the words - very interesting.
      Regards,
      Vera :rolleyes:
    • Dear Bill,
      For the first, I can say that you are the most romantic figure I ever known.
      I read this story in Pat's book, but I never know before that it was your campany's plane in which Duke traveled to the Ranch when some problems occured.
      It is all so interesting.
      Regards,
      Vera :rolleyes:
    • Hi Vera

      No Our DVD player in the lounge dosen't work very well and after my son reconnected the DVD recorder it doesn't work.

      The best thing I have is a portable DVD played my wife bought me for my birthday. As you can see when it come to matters electrical I am not that clever.

      Regards

      Arthur
      Walk Tall - Talk Low
    • Originally posted by arthurarnell@Aug 20 2006, 12:33 PM
      it was enjoyable and under that criteria I think its a good film.


      It was far from his worst but equally far from his best.
      De gustibus non est disputandum

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