Trouble in the Sky


1h 16m 1961

Brief Synopsis

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.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cone of Silence
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 29 Mar 1961
Production Company
Aubrey Baring Productions; Bryanston Films
Distribution Company
Universal--International Films
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Cone of Silence by David Beaty (London, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Following the takeoff crash of a jet plane in India, veteran British pilot Capt. George Gort is called before a court of inquiry. Though he is found guilty of "pilot error," in recognition of his long safety record, he is not grounded. His daughter, Charlotte, refuses to believe her father was at fault and persuades an expert flying examiner, Captain Dallas, to help her prove her father's innocence. A short time later Gort fatally crashes in a takeoff from Ranjibad in conditions identical to those of the previous crash. As a second inquiry is held, Dallas proves that the jet's designer, Nigel Pickering, had withheld data concerning a defect in the plane's takeoff equipment, which he had been secretly trying to perfect. With this new information Charlotte is able to preserve her late father's good name.

Film Details

Also Known As
Cone of Silence
Release Date
Jan 1961
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 29 Mar 1961
Production Company
Aubrey Baring Productions; Bryanston Films
Distribution Company
Universal--International Films
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel Cone of Silence by David Beaty (London, 1959).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 16m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Opened in London in April 1960 as Cone of Silence; running time: 92 min.