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The Flight that Disappeared

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Director  Reginald Le Borg
Distributor  United Artists
Country  USA
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Action/Adventure
Language  English
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Release date  September 1961
Writer  Ralph Hart, Judith Hart, Orville H. Hampton
Cast  Craig Hill (Tom Endicott), Paula Raymond (Marcia Paxton), Dayton Lummis (Dr. Karl Morris), Gregory Morton (Examiner), Harvey Stephens (Walter Cooper), Meg Wyllie (Helen Cooper)
Similar movies  Mad Max: Fury Road, Interstellar, Blade Runner, Terminator Genisys, Ex Machina, Big Hero 6
Tagline  Jetliner Hijacked!

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The Flight That Disappeared (aka Flight That Disappeared) is a 1961 science fiction film directed by Reginald Le Borg and stars Craig Hill, Paula Raymond and Dayton Lummis. The plot deals with an alien abduction. When his flight disappears, a rocket scientist finds himself on trial in the future for his part in designing a bomb that has destroyed all life on Earth.


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Trans-Coast Airways Flight 60 leaves Los Angeles on a flight to Washington, D.C. Three scientists on board the transcontinental flight have been summoned to a classified meeting at the Pentagon, concerning the "beta bomb", a new bomb design and the rocket to deliver it. Mid-flight, the Douglas DC-6 airliner mysteriously begins to climb, to over 10 miles high. Back at the airline headquarters, Operations Manager Hank Norton (John Bryant) tries to keep in contact with the flight, but is sure that nothing can be done to save the passengers and crew.

When the engines stop, and passengers pass out due to lack of oxygen. Crazed passenger Walter Cooper (Harvey Stephens) who has tried to convince others that using the secret bomb is essential, jumps from the aircraft. Three scientists, Dr. Carl Morris (Dayton Lummis), Tom Endicott (Craig Hill) and Marcia Paxton (Paula Raymond) find themselves in a limbo state, watches stopped and no heartbeats.

Meeting the Examiner, (Gregory Morton), the trio of scientists leave the aircraft for judgement from those of the future. They find themselves in a moment between time, which explains the stopped watches and lack of heartbeats. They are shown, in brief, a future where their bomb has been used and having destroyed the atmosphere, destroyed all life on the planet. They are judged guilty and sentenced to live in the moment with no time for the rest of eternity, where the future and past meet.

After the Sage, (Addison Richards) objects that the scientists from the past cannot be judged by a future society, they are returned to the present on this technicality. The passengers have no memory of any of the actions on board before passing out, with the exception of Endicott, the rocket engineer and Dr. Morris. Marcia Paxton only thinks the event was a dream but even Walter Cooper appears again, and the flight crew do not seem to have any recall of the emergency that took place on the flight.

When Captain Hank Norton (John Bryant) calls for landing instructions, the airline office is perplexed. When their airliner lands at Washington, the passengers and crew discover they are 24 hours late, thus proving Endicott's fantastic story of the trial and judgement. Dr. Morris, the nuclear bomb designer, disposes of his notebook containing the formulas and designs for the bomb.


The inflight scenes of The Flight That Disappeared were photographed in a studio-made airliner fuselage, passenger section, lounge and cockpit section, while background scenes were shot at Los Angeles Airport.


TV Guide rated it 2/4 stars and wrote that The Flight That Disappeared becomes "more relevant with time". Aviation film historian Stephen Pendo in his critique of the low-budget film, wrote, "The incredible plot makes the film all but unwatchable."


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