My husband is a movie addict. He loves TCM. Every once in a while he finds a gem he knows I’ll like. Such was the case with Zero Hour!
It turns out that Zero Hour! (1957, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden) is the original version of Airplane! While it is commonly assumed that Airplane! spoofs the disaster film genre, particularly the Airport series, parts of the script are verbatim from Zero Hour! (Paramount owned Zero Hour! so it was all perfectly legal.)
“Our survival hinges on one thing – finding someone who not only can fly this plane, but didn’t have fish for dinner.”
“Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit smoking.”
Yet Zero Hour! is not a comedy. It was a completely serious film.
If you get a chance to see it, you should.