Seeing the topic about 'Airplane' reminded me that I was planning to start a topic about which movie created the now tired cliche of an airliner having to be landed by a non-pilot because the flight crew has been disabled in some way.
This probably goes back way too far for most people, but my candidate is a CBC TV
play (nowadays it would be called a TV
Movie) made in the mid 1950s, called (I think) 'Flight into Danger'. It may have even originated as a radio play. It concerned a planeload of football fans flying in a Canadair DC-4M 'North Star' to Vancouver for the annual Grey Cup game. The flight crew suffer from food poisoning and become incapacitated. The only pilot among the passengers is a former WW2 fighter pilot who hasn't flown a plane in many years and has lost confidence in his flying ability.
There were two interesting things about this story. One, the author of the play was Arthur Hailey who, many years later, wrote 'Airport'. I may be wrong here, but I think the fighter pilot was a former BBC actor named Barry Morse, who later went on to portray the police officer (I forget his name) who chased Guy Kimball (?) for a few years in 'The Fugitive'.
The story was later made into a quickly-forgotten Hollywood movie under a different title.
Anybody remember any of this?