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"Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 4:46 am

Anyone remember the early 1960's movie "Fate Is The Hunter" starring Suzanne Pleshette as a stewardess who is the sole survivor of an airplane crash? She volunteers to re-create the crash to every detail to get the dead pilot "off the hook" for pilot error to save his reputation and honor. Very good film I remember......
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:12 am

I remember that movie, I was a kid when it came out and loved watching reruns of it on television. The type of aircraft was fictional I believe, it was a four engined jet aircraft with the engines in the rear (like a VC10 or IL62), but the model that was shown of the fictional airliner was a propliner with engines added to the rear - you could tell since the wings were not at all swept back. I was about 8 or 9 years old when I noticed this and commented on odd looking jetliner to my mother - I was an odd child.
 
SUPRAZACHAIR
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:38 am

I actually caught the last half of it on one of the digital cable channels a week ago. It was pretty interesting. Prolly woulda been better if I had seen it from the beginning.
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:41 am


Once saw an on-line image of that aircraft but can't locate it at the moment.
I can almost repeat Dutchjet's message word for word. It was actually quite a scary little movie... not for fear-of-flying types. I also recall disappointment that when I got Ernest K. Gann's book of the same name, it wasn't the `book of the film' . Laugh out loud
` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:47 am

And to think it was just a cup of coffee...
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:47 am

I posted about this movie before. Its a toughie to find on net sales or at the video store. I lucked out and got a copy before they dried up. The plane that the movie makers used was a modified Martin, removing the engines from the wing and installing rear jet engines like a BAC 111 or Caravelle(the DC9 hasn't happened yet). They didn't want the plane to look like anything flying at that time(1964) for reason of possible law suit so they made up their own.
It's my favorite aviation movie of all time including AIRPORT.
Rod Taylor steals the show as pilot Jack Savage and Glenn Ford is the airline exec who tries to prove the accident was not pilot error.
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:48 am

Didn't the rear engines on the aircraft hang from the horizontal stabilizer?
 
voodoo
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 5:52 am

You might be able to copy it real soon...:

http://www.thefoxmoviechannel.com/movAction.asp?ProgramId=2475717


Perhaps someone can do the video capture thing and post a pic of said aircraft?


[Edited 2004-05-09 22:53:32]
` Yeaah! Baade 152! Trabi of the Sky! '
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 7:06 am

Excellent movie. Read the book by Earnest K Gann.

The plane that was made up for this used to hang over the road/underpass that went by the Twentieth Century studios for years after. However I thought if was a DC4/6. Would love to know for sure since that was my first airliner worked and my namesake - just a lot later.

If you like airliner accident investigation a real treasure would be a book I think was called "The Probable Cause" by Robert J Serling (Rod's brother - Twilight Zone) It's factual stories of trying to get the one real benefit of these disasters - a way to prevent the same cause twice. Mr. Serling has many airliner related books that are a bonanza of history for the true enthusiast.

Now, does anyone remember a real crash involving the spilled coffee scenario use in FITH? Seems like it may have been a Connie and the investigation was ongoing at the time of the movie hence the fictional aircraft. This is a vague memory and may have been from the book above.
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 7:08 am

Excellent movie. Read the book by Earnest K Gann.

The plane that was made up for this used to hang over the road/underpass that went by the Twentieth Century studios for years after. However I thought if was a DC4/6. Would love to know for sure since that was my first airliner worked and my namesake - just a lot later.

If you like airliner accident investigation a real treasure would be a book I think was called "The Probable Cause" by Robert J Serling (Rod's brother - Twilight Zone) It's factual stories of trying to get the one real benefit of these disasters - a way to prevent the same cause twice. It involved the late prop and Electra era. Mr. Serling has many airliner related books that are a bonanza of history for the true enthusiast.

Now, does anyone remember a real crash involving the spilled coffee scenario use in FITH? Seems like it may have been a Connie and the investigation was ongoing at the time of the movie hence the fictional aircraft. This is a vague memory and may have been from the book above.
Less sarcasm and more thought equal better understanding
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 8:54 am

I seem to remember that the aircraft used was a CV-240/340/440
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 11:19 am

After watching parts of the video with stop action and comparing photos of the Convair 240-340-440 and Martin 404, I stand corrected. The plane in the video is a Convair..However, which model Convair, is most difficult for me to determine.
I have looked at no less then 75 photos against stop action of the plane in the video and I cannot tell the model of Convair....and I thought I was good.
That destroyed my airplane ego all to hell!
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dc863
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Mon May 10, 2004 1:45 pm

The fuselage is a DC-6/7. They redesigned the wings, put two engines one under each stabilizer and added a 707 style antennae on the tail, speaking of which was redone as well.
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Tue May 11, 2004 12:49 am

The 'aircraft' is (or more properly was) a DC7B. It was flown into Santa Monica, dismantled and trucked to the 20th Century lot for ah...modification.
Took about three weeks as I recall.
 
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RE: "Fate Is The Hunter" Airliner Crash Movie 60's

Tue May 11, 2004 3:00 am

About the only "good" thing I remember about the movie was that it had an airplane in it.

Ernest K. Gann wrote an excellent nonfiction book (Michael Moore fans look that word up!) by the same name. The movie script was cooked up by studio writers with zero aviation knowledge/interest. Gann sought to have his name removed from the credits. Even the producers were embarassed and it was released as an "Alan Smithie" movie. For those of you not familiar, Alan Smithie is a pseudonym used when producers or directors no longer want their names associated with a project.

If you like 1950s black and white simplistic movies you still might enjoy this one.

It is nothing like the book, which was a wonderful account of transport flying in the 1930s and 1940s. Gann was a pilot at American Airlines before WW II and served in the Air Transport Command during that war. His prose style makes his books very readable to this day.

I always thought the plane looked like a Jet Commander on steroids.
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