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Wings of Danger
Dead On Course

UK 1952
produced by
Anthony Hinds for Hammer, Lippert Pictures
directed by Terence Fisher
starring Zachary Scott, Robert Beatty, Naomi Chance, Kay Kendall, Colin Tapley, Arthur Lane, Harold Lang, Diane Cilento, Jack Allen, Ian Fleming (II), Courtney Hope, Anthony T.Miles, Douglas Muir, Larry Taylor, Sheila Raynor
screenplay by John Gilling, based on the novel Dead on Course by Elleston Trevor (= Trevor Dudley Smith), Packham Webb, music by Malcolm Arnold

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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It all starts with ace pilot Nick (Robert Beatty) crashing his cargo plane into the sea and obviously dying in the process. Problem is, Nick was somehow involved in smuggling and counterfeiting Dollar bills, and his best friend and colleague Richard (Zachary Scott), who is in a relationship with Nick's sister Avril (Naomi Chance), is the prime suspect for investigating cop Maxwell (Colin Tapley), who thinks Richard was part of Nick's racket - which he wasn't. To clear himself of any suspicion, Richard soon starts investigating on his own, and he soon picks up a lead that leads to his and Nick's boss Spencer (Arthur Lane). But when he tries to retrieve vital evidence from Spencer's office, he has a run-in with a mysterious man on a motorbike who has been trailing him for a while. He goes after the biker in his car, but has a horrible accident - however, it's the biker who saves him, and the biker turns out to be none other than thought-dead Nick, who has faked his own death to get out of the smuggling and counterfeiting racket that is run be none other than their boss Spencer. Trying to shut down Spencer's counterfeiting plant, Nick is shot at but allowed to die a hero, while Richard teams up with cop Maxwell to go after Spencer - who tries to make a hasty getaway by plane, so hasty that he by mistake takes one that's in no proper condition, which makes his escape end in a crash.

 

Nothing special perhaps but a very solid crime thriller of the film noir variety, brought to the screen with a sure hand by Terence Fisher, who doesn't show the same inventiveness yet he did later when directing his Hammer horror classics, but proves himself as a competent craftsman.

No classic maybe, but well worth a look.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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