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Jet Storm (1959)

Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, ... See full summary »


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Cy Endfield (screenplay) (as C. Raker Endfield), Sigmund Miller (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Ernest Tilley
Stanley Baker ... Captain Bardow
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Satterly
Bernard Braden Bernard Braden ... Otis Randolf
Diane Cilento ... Angelica Como
Barbara Kelly ... Edwina Randolf
David Kossoff ... Dr. Bergstein
Virginia Maskell ... Pam Leyton
Harry Secombe ... Binky Meadows
Elizabeth Sellars ... Inez Barrington
Sybil Thorndike ... Emma Morgan (as Dame Sybil Thorndike)
Mai Zetterling ... Carol Tilley
Marty Wilde Marty Wilde ... Billy Forrester
Patrick Allen ... Mulliner
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... George Towers


Sir Richard Attenborough plays Ernest Tilley, a man who lost his daughter in a hit-and-run accident. He tracks down the man responsible for the accident and boards the same plane, threatening to blow up himself and everyone on board as an act of vengeance. What follows is an Airport-type movie with all the passengers having their own little subplots and fears. Written by Dimitri

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Why Do You Want To Kill Me? The crisis of fear is faced by THIS BOY and his fellow passengers...Panicked by a demented man's desire for revenge!




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Release Date:

20 November 1959 (Ireland) See more »

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Der Tod hat Verspätung See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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The aircraft on which this movie is set is a Tupolev Tu-104. This was a Soviet Russian-made passenger jet, code-named "Camel" by N.A.T.O. In this movie, the airline, on which the passengers fly, is a British one running a London to New York City service. However, it does seem highly unusual that they are operating this service with a Soviet-made Jet aircraft, especially since this movie was made during the height of the Cold War. In this movie, when the jet takes off, its Aeroflot markings and Soviet flag are easily visible. The Tu-104 was only operated by the U.S.S.R. and other Communist-affiliated countries, and the aircraft would not have been able to run a full passenger London to New York City service without a stopover (as occurs in the movie). Why the producers chose this aircraft and not the British-made Comet 4 or Boeing 707 (both aircraft had the range to cross the Atlantic) is a mystery. See more »


On the aircraft the passengers go down a staircase to the 'lounge', where there is a row of windows the same as on the upper level. However, on the exterior shots of the plane there is quite obviously only one row of windows - so there is no lower level accessible to the passengers. See more »


Angelica Como: If I don't do something soon, I'll explode.
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References Zulu (1964) See more »


Theme Music
Composed and Sung by Marty Wilde
Song Lyrics written by Cy Endfield
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Nice to See Dame Sybil Thorndyke in a Humorous Role
17 January 2012 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

"Kidboots" critique above informs us adequately of the basic plot.However I would like to concentrate more on the actors and their performances.This is rather a cloistrophobic production since 95% of the action is filmed at Shepperton studios in a mock-up of the interior of a passenger jet airliner in 1959.It was rather sad to note the passing of so many famous actors among them, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley and Harry Seacombe teamed with Dame Sybil Thorndyke.Regarding the latter, I had only seen her playing the mother of the Rev. Marston in "Gone To Earth" (1949); but here she shows her acting versatility by adopting a rather humorous role, while Harry Seacombe couldn't resist the odd "Goon" like facial gesture.

It was surprising to see the obviously suited Canadian married couple of Barbara Kelly (who I had only ever seen in the 1950s TV panel game "What's My Line") and her husband Bernard Braden (tv's "The Braden Beat"), acting together as a divorcing couple.Stanley Baker keeps impeccably calm as the airliner captain and there is a rather touching romance between Virginia Maskell and the American co-pilot.The "Brummy" actor who plays the hit-and run driver played a very similar role in "The Night My Number Came Up" with Sir Michael Redgrave.I had never seen Marty Wilde in a film acting role, of course playing a pop star, and noted he composed the opening popular theme music.

With all the actors competing for dialogue, no one should be singled out as that would be unfair since they all give professional performances.The "Brummy" hit-and run driver met an end like Gert Frobe's "Auric Goldfinger".

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