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Cone of Silence (1960)

In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.

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Charles Frend

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Robert Westerby (screenplay), Jeffrey Dell (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Craig ... Capt. Dallas
Peter Cushing ... Capt. Judd
Bernard Lee ... Capt. Gort
Elizabeth Seal ... Charlotte Gort
George Sanders ... Sir Arnold Hobbes
André Morell ... Capt. Manningham (as Andre Morell)
Gordon Jackson ... Capt. Bateson
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ... Capt. Braddock (as Charles Tingwell)
Noel Willman ... Nigel Pickering
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Joyce Mitchell
Marne Maitland ... Mr. Robinson
William Abney William Abney ... First Officer
Jack Hedley ... First Officer
Simon Lack Simon Lack ... Navigator
Hedger Wallace Hedger Wallace ... Navigator
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A seasoned pilot is condemned for an error which causes a crash. The pilot later dies in a crash with similar circumstances and an examiner looks for scientific reasons for the crashes. Written by Scott Lane <rslane@ix.netcom.com>

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Jet crash mystery solved !!! Where does the blame belong ? Is it the plane ? Is is the pilot ? Is it a plot ?

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Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1960 (South Africa) See more »

Also Known As:

Trouble in the Sky See more »

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Production Co:

Aubrey Baring Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film is based on the novel Cone of Silence by David Beaty, published in London, in 1959. See more »

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based on the story of the Comet, the worlds first Jet Airliner
28 May 2003 | by swanjacSee all my reviews

I haven't seen this film for years, which is a pity because all i remember are a few powerful scenes thanks to the very impressive cast. Based on true events, but subtly changed to avoid law-suits, its actually a compelling little drama, a shame it hasn't been shown more often. The story on which it is based, the KNOWN Design Flaws in the Comet which were Covered up by the De Havilland company, and the subsequent "sacrifice" of an entire airline and its passengers in Italy, is actually screaming out to be remade! In this case, the truth is far worse than fiction...in the film, decent noble people save the day, in the reality alas...less noble and darker motives won...and people died needlessly. The performances in this little melodrama were so good, i actually remembered this film for at least 25 years...thats when i last saw it i think..well worth catching.


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