THATM54-meltdown1xxTHE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (1954)

Well, here it is, folks: the first honest-to-God modern disaster movie, brought to you by the Duke himself.

Halfway between Hawaii and San Francisco, a commercial airliner loses a propeller, suffering engine damage and the loss of critical fuel in the process. Over time, it becomes increasingly clear that the incapacitated plane may not be able to reach its intended destination. As the passengers reflect upon their lives, their fate is in the hands of two men: an older pilot whose stoic demeanour masks a tragic past, and a younger one suffering from a crippling case of nerves.


(I’ll leave it to the rest of you to look at that screenshot and figure out which is which.)