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Sunday, October 31, 2010

"Flight To Tangier" (1953)

The melodrama begins in a Tangier, Morocco airport. Joan Fontaine and Jack Palance are awaiting a plane, but we don't know what for. Yet.

Then comes a plane crash scene, and it might have been a disappointment to the audience expecting a big "wow" 3-D effect (this movie was indeed intended to be a 3D experience). We don't even see the plane hit the ground, and there's only a couple of shots of smoke from a distance.

Anyway, we then discover that there were no passengers nor crew aboard. In the middle of the night, Joan and Palance search the plane. We don't know just yet what they are looking for. Then, they are caught trespassing and are questioned. The international police investigate.
Corrine: What kind of a woman are you?
Joan: As of now, your kind.
No one seems to know what happened to the pilot (engaged to the mild-mannered Fontaine character). More secrets are revealed as the scheming Robert Douglas and Corinne Calvet add more complexity to the story. We learn everyone has some sort of connection with the plane's missing cargo and its ties to the Iron Curtain.

The original movie posters highlight the film's "Dinoptic 3D" effects. Ms. Calvet wears a few tight tops in this movie; those views alone were perhaps the reason the film was selected for this process. (ha ha)

The film opened in New York the day before Thanksgiving in 1953. The reviewer in the New York Times called it a "stray turkey" and also wrote that the film "seems about as far removed from entertainment and reality as they come".

This movie is available to watch instantly via "Netflix" if you have a subscription.

4 comments:

Rose-A Wilderness Wanderer said...

Two of my favorite actresses! Always a shame when you hear that things weren't always so peachy with famous siblings. Still, their work never seemed to have suffered for it. Great blog!

Tom said...

Thanks Rose!

Tom

Anonymous said...

I AM A HUGE FAN OF BOTH THE LADIES DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN FIND THIS PARTICULAR MOVIE.I'AM TRYING TO FIND IT FOR ALMOST 4 YEARS.THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR THE BLOG IT IS A TREASURE INDEED.

Tom said...

You can watch it on Netflix if you have a subscription!

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