No Highway in the Sky


Drama / Thriller

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IMDb Rating 7.3 10 2687


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James Stewart as Theodore Honey
Marlene Dietrich as Monica Teasdale
Glynis Johns as Marjorie Corder
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Fisher, Inspector of Accidents
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Reviewed by dglink 8 / 10

Mr. Smith Flies to London

Frequent fliers will find the portrayal of a TransAtlantic flight in "No Highway in the Sky" to be quaint, if not prehistoric. Security is non-existent, no metal detectors, no pat downs, no baggage search. Passengers have lots of space, smoking is permitted, and tours of the flight deck are offered. The stewardesses work in a spacious kitchen, with a stove, cabinets filled with dishes, and shelves of glassware. Men and women have separate restrooms, and the passengers are all well groomed and appropriately dressed. Flying has certainly evolved, or devolved since 1951.

However, beyond a review of the comforts of flying during the mid-20th century, Henry Koster's "No Highway in the Sky" is a decent little drama, highlighted by an impassioned performance by James Stewart. Set in England, Stewart is Theodore Honey, a scientist in an aircraft design and testing lab, who is studying the propensity of the tail wings on Reindeer aircraft to self destruct after about 1400 hours of flying. As the widowed scientist, Stewart is gangly, clumsy, and socially awkward; absent minded to the point of forgetting where he lives, he is focused completely on science and the problem at hand and largely dismisses other people. In a household cluttered with books, Stewart lives with his intelligent school-age daughter, whom he has isolated from other children. Perhaps overshadowed by his work in "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Harvey" during the same period, Stewart is nevertheless excellent in the part, and his speech to the aircraft committee has elements of his passionate "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" rouser.

Although the personal aspects of the story are unconvincing, the screenplay by R. C. Sheriff, Oscar Millard, and Alex Coppel, which was based on a novel by Nevil Shute, does throw light on the aviation industry in Britain just after World War II. Pushed to prove his hypothesis, Stewart is sent to Labrador to find the missing tail of a recently crashed Reindeer. Unfortunately, he finds himself aboard a similar Reindeer that is nearing the critical point when he projects that the tail will disintegrate. The drama aboard the tense overseas flight involves Marlene Dietrich as Monica Teasdale, a glamorous film star; a touching Glynis Johns as Marjorie, a sympathetic stewardess; and Kenneth Moore as the co-pilot. Dietrich and Stewart, who were previously paired in "Destry Rides Again," work especially well together. Jack Hawkins appears as Scott, a new department manager, and Wilfred Hyde White makes a brief appearance as a researcher.

While uneven and unconvincing at times, "No Highway in the Sky" offers a priceless look at air travel more than half a century ago, a fine James Stewart performance, and the timeless beauty of Marlene Dietrich. Actually, Stewart's often befuddled Theodore Honey alone is reason enough to catch the film.

Reviewed by DKosty123 7 / 10

Grandfather of Air Disaster Films

This film is really quite amazing. It is kind of the first type in a genre of films where technology is used as the main stay in a plot. Nevil Shute who later would be involved in the film "On The Beach" wrote this one. The story holds up pretty well though the technology looks dated now.

James Stewart , Marlene Dietrich, and Glynis Johns head up a talented cast about a new technology passenger plane called the "Reindeer" which gets into the air without being properly tested for possible problems. After a crash, Theodore Honey, a math wizard, gets called in to investigate a crash of the plane and why it failed. While flying on another Reindeer, he finds out that they are in danger of a crash.

The chemistry between Dietrich, Johns, & Stewart helps to carry the story. There is also a strong supporting cast including the pilot of the plane who carry the plot. When watching this, I could not help but feel not just the prelude to movies like "Airport" but the humor of Stewart is very much in evidence too. The earnest efforts of the cast and a well written script carry this film well.

While the special effects are still being developed for this type of film in 1951, the script creatively makes the drama feel like there is more action than there is. This film is enjoyable, especially for fans of the cast, and in some ways predicts where future films will go after this film was made.

Reviewed by Malco Malco 5 / 10

A mixed success of adaptation

On the plus side, the film captures well the spirit of adventure and headlong advance in aviation of the early 1950's, as seen in experimental jet aircraft screaming over the Royal Aircraft Establishment only a few years after the era of Spitfires and Hurricanes.

It also deserves credit for dramatising an arcane technical matter, aircraft fatigue. This film was made before the Comet disasters, and the public probably had little knowledge of the subject.

The biggest problem, in my view, is casting James Stewart as Dr Theo Honey (the "boffin" whose research forms the core of the plot). He just is not right for a character who in the book is described (on first acquaintance by Dr Scott) as "an ugly little man with a face like a frog". The film character is simply a cartoon cut-out of a scatterbrained intellectual with absolutely no scruples regarding the real-world implications of his research. Whereas in the book, Norway builds up Mr Honey's character much more subtly: Honey is all too acutely aware of the implications of his research, he tragically lacks the "front" to convince others of what his work means.

I thought the pilot, Captain Samuelson, was likewise coarsely drawn in the film relative to the book.

On the other hand, Marlene Dietrich cast as Monica Teasdale is pretty much spot-on. Jack Hawkins is fine as Scott, except he is Dr Scott in the book (i.e. a "normal" scientist) but Mr Scott in the film. I assume the writers were concerned a British audience at that time would have considered anyone with a PhD to be eccentric.

So, overall a flawed effort, and a pity as some of the cast were well placed, and the film was about engineering and technology, topics all too rarely tackled by cinema (unless Star Wars counts?)

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