On Screen Capture Theatre we condense a movie into a concise, but thrilling, handful of images. Today we feature the first airplane disaster movie, "Zero Hour," from 1957. A great film tells its story solely through visuals. And I guess "Zero Hour!" does, too.
Herewith we present the film in a unique pictorial form utilizing pictures of a visual nature designed to tell the story through images in a visual, pictorial manner that includes the use of pictorial images that are visual.
|Our story begins on a beautiful day during World War II.|
|Dana Andrews plays Ted Stryker, a World War II squadron leader who|
caused all of his men to crash. A lot. Now he is haunted and stuff.
|Stryker's wife (Linda Darnell) is tired of having a haunted husband,|
so she has taken son Bobby and left Stryker. Little does she know that the plane they have boarded is on a flight to disaster, with a quick connection at Kansas City.
|In pursuit of his wife and son, Stryker boards the same plane and ends|
up sitting next to Rob Petrie's neighbor, Dr. Jerry Helper.
|Bobby visits the cockpit, where co-pilot Clutch Cargo gives him a toy plane.|
|Jerry Helper has a neurotic condition where he can talk only through his|
puppet, Dr. Yarnfinger. When asked whether he wants halibut or lamb chops for dinner, Dr. Yarnfinger chooses lamb chops. Well played, Dr. Yarnfinger.
|The special effects could be better.|
|Turns out most of the passengers and both of the pilots have eaten|
bad halibut and have food poisoning. To save his family,
Ted Stryker must fly a plane again!
|Unfortunately, it's been so long since Stryker flew that he's forgotten|
where his ears are -- and that, for best results, a pilot's eyes must be open.
|And yet Stryker's wife bravely supports him every step of the way.|
|Stryker gets off to a rough start, and knows that only one man can help him ...|
|... Gen. Jack D. Ripper. He knows Stryker's history, and even gave him an |
affectionate nickname -- "cowardly pilot-killing incompetent sissy who
crashes a lot." He is the ideal man to instill confidence in Stryker.
|A doctor on board tries to distract the passengers with a singalong:|
"Who knows 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald'?"
|The passengers seem calm ...|
|"Dr. Yarnfinger ate halibut off of someone's plate and he|
has food poisoning, too. He's doing weird things down my sleeve."
|Ripper tells Stryker that thanks to the potency of his bodily fluids, he's doing a great job, and pay no attention to the hundreds of emergency vehicles lining the runway. They're just curious because they've never seen a disastrous crash before.|
|Finally the plane makes a smooth, relaxed landing.|
|And who knew this was one of those experimental planes|
that used fire instead of landing gear?
|Somebody's gettin' a little somepin-somepin tonight, oh yeah.|
|"Wait till Dr. Yarnfinger tells Millie about this!"|
Laugh out loud funny. I had no idea!ReplyDelete
Great concept. When I think of the thousands of hours of film viewing I could devote to sleeping...Thanks, friend!ReplyDelete