Airport '75


1h 46m 1975

Brief Synopsis

After a mid-air collision, a jet's stewardess has to take the pilot's seat.

Film Details

Also Known As
Airport 1975
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Disaster
Thriller
Sequel
Release Date
Oct 1975
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

When a 747 airplane collides with a smaller plane during a flight, it loses its pilot. The only way the passengers can be saved is if the control tower can get a pilot on board to land the craft.

Film Details

Also Known As
Airport 1975
MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Disaster
Thriller
Sequel
Release Date
Oct 1975
Premiere Information
not available
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 46m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Technicolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

Martha Scott, 1914-2003


Martha Scott, the actress who originated the role of Emily Webb in the stage and film versions of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning Our Town died on May 28 at a hospital in Van Nuys, California due to natural causes. She was 88.

Martha Ellen Scott was born in Jamesport, Missouri on September 24, 1914, and raised in Kansas City, where a high school teacher encouraged her interest in acting. She majored in drama at the University of Michigan and after graduation, she joined The Globe Theatre Troupe, a stock company that performed truncated Shakespeare at the Chicago World's Fair in between 1933-34. She went to New York soon after and found work in radio and stock before playing making her breakthrough as Emily Webb in Our Town. When the play opened on Broadway in February 1938, Scott received glowing reviews in the pivotal role of Emily, the wistful girl-next-door in Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, who marries her high school sweetheart, dies in pregnancy and gets to relive a single day back on Earth. Her stage success brought her to Hollywood, where she continued her role in Sam Wood's film adaptation of Out Town (1940). Scott received an Academy Award nomination for best actress and was immediately hailed as the year's new female discovery.

She gave nicely understated performances in her next few films: as Jane Peyton Howard in Frank Lloyd's historical The Howards of Virginia (1940), opposite Cary Grant; the dedicated school teacher in Tay Garnett's Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) in which she aged convincingly from 17 to 85; and as a devoted wife to preacher Frederic March in Irving Rapper's warm family drama One Foot in Heaven (1941). Sadly, Scott's maturity and sensitivity ran against the glamour-girl persona that was popular in the '40s (best embodied by stars like Lana Turner and Veronica Lake) and her film appearances were few and far between for the remainder of the decade.

Her fortunes brightened in the '50s, when she found roles in major productions, such as a suburban wife trapped in her home by fugitives, led by Humphrey Bogart, in William Wyler's taut The Desperate Hours (1955) and played Charlton Heston's mother in the Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments (1956) and again for William Wyler in Ben-Hur (1959). Scott found steady work for the next 30 years in matronly roles, most notably on television, where she played Bob Newhart's mother on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978) and the mother of Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas (1978-1991). Her second husband, pianist and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mel Powell, died in 1998. Survivors include a son and two daughters.

by Michael T. Toole
Martha Scott, 1914-2003

Martha Scott, 1914-2003

Martha Scott, the actress who originated the role of Emily Webb in the stage and film versions of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning Our Town died on May 28 at a hospital in Van Nuys, California due to natural causes. She was 88. Martha Ellen Scott was born in Jamesport, Missouri on September 24, 1914, and raised in Kansas City, where a high school teacher encouraged her interest in acting. She majored in drama at the University of Michigan and after graduation, she joined The Globe Theatre Troupe, a stock company that performed truncated Shakespeare at the Chicago World's Fair in between 1933-34. She went to New York soon after and found work in radio and stock before playing making her breakthrough as Emily Webb in Our Town. When the play opened on Broadway in February 1938, Scott received glowing reviews in the pivotal role of Emily, the wistful girl-next-door in Grovers Corners, New Hampshire, who marries her high school sweetheart, dies in pregnancy and gets to relive a single day back on Earth. Her stage success brought her to Hollywood, where she continued her role in Sam Wood's film adaptation of Out Town (1940). Scott received an Academy Award nomination for best actress and was immediately hailed as the year's new female discovery. She gave nicely understated performances in her next few films: as Jane Peyton Howard in Frank Lloyd's historical The Howards of Virginia (1940), opposite Cary Grant; the dedicated school teacher in Tay Garnett's Cheers for Miss Bishop (1941) in which she aged convincingly from 17 to 85; and as a devoted wife to preacher Frederic March in Irving Rapper's warm family drama One Foot in Heaven (1941). Sadly, Scott's maturity and sensitivity ran against the glamour-girl persona that was popular in the '40s (best embodied by stars like Lana Turner and Veronica Lake) and her film appearances were few and far between for the remainder of the decade. Her fortunes brightened in the '50s, when she found roles in major productions, such as a suburban wife trapped in her home by fugitives, led by Humphrey Bogart, in William Wyler's taut The Desperate Hours (1955) and played Charlton Heston's mother in the Cecil B. Demille's The Ten Commandments (1956) and again for William Wyler in Ben-Hur (1959). Scott found steady work for the next 30 years in matronly roles, most notably on television, where she played Bob Newhart's mother on The Bob Newhart Show (1972-1978) and the mother of Sue Ellen Ewing on Dallas (1978-1991). Her second husband, pianist and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Mel Powell, died in 1998. Survivors include a son and two daughters. by Michael T. Toole

Quotes

Well, the first stewardess is at the controls, but she... she's in constant touch with the tower.
- Mrs. Patroni
You mean THE STEWARDESS IS FLYING THE PLANE?
- Barney
You please keep that to yourself...
- Mrs. Patroni
S-s-sure...
- Barney
Well, the first stewardess is at the controls, but she... she's in constant touch with the tower.
- Mrs. Patroni
You mean THE STEWARDESS IS FLYING THE PLANE?
- Barney
Would you please keep your voice down.
- Mrs. Patroni
S-s-sure...
- Barney
The stewardess is flying the plane. The stewardess...
- Barney
But baby I've only got half an hour, can't we talk it out when I get to LA?
- Alan Murdock
Don't miss your flight Murdock you wouldn't want to keep that boss of yours waiting.
- Nancy Pryor
...my life's a surprise, one surprise after another.
- Gloria Swanson
You look lovely Miss Swanson.
- Mr. Kelly
Thank you Mr Kelly, fancy getting gussied up like this to watch a load of Supreme Court judges chew.
- Gloria Swanson
Oh I'm sorry he's a little schmuck... I'd like to buy you a drink.
- Bill
Well maybe a little bourbon on the rocks.
- Mrs. Devaney
Nurse, bourbon for the lady please.
- Bill
With a small beer chaser.
- Mrs. Devaney
Jesus Christ a boiler maker.
- Arnie

Trivia

Gloria Swanson appears and wrote all her own dialogue. This was her first film in 22 years. She explained, "I was holding out for a picture I could take my grandchildren to see, something exciting and contemporary without senseless violence."

Greta Garbo was considered to play the Gloria Swanson role.

Charlton Heston spent time on the American Airlines 747 simulator in Fort Worth, Texas, in preparation for the role.

The script was originally submitted to Universal studios TV division. Executive producer Jennings Lang liked it so much he thought he could pass it off as a theatrical release.

Dana Andrews played the pilot of the small plane that crashed into the 747, piloted by Efrem Zimbalist Jr. In _Crowded Sky, The (1961)_ , Andrews is the pilot of a commercial airplane which collides with a smaller one piloted by Zimbalist.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1975

Released in United States 1975