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Crashout  /  Jet Storm

March 18, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Crashout  (1955)

Before leaving the U.S. for his period of exile, director Cy Endfield sold a screenplay to producer Hal E. Chester, which became this feature about a prison breakout and its disastrous aftermath.  Blacklisted, Endfield received no screen credit, though Crashout (1955) remains a fascinating part of his legacy, including such emblematic markers as a scene of card tricks (Endfield was an expert magician) and the presence of a character named "Cy Endaby." 

35mm, b/w, 91 min.  Production: Hal E. Chester Productions.  Distribution: Filmmakers Releasing Organization, Inc.  Producer: Hal E. Chester.  Director: Lewis R. Foster.  Screenwriter: Hal E. Chester, Lewis R. Foster.  Cinematographer: Russell Metty.  Editor: Robert Swink.  Composer: Leith Stevens.  With: William Bendix, Arthur Kennedy, Luther Adler, William Talman, Gene Evans.

Jet Storm  (UK, 1961)

The clash of nobility and mob hysteria gets one more rehearsal in this fascinating, low-budget thriller.  An explosives expert, embittered by the loss of his young daughter, reveals on an international flight that he has placed a bomb on the plane, setting up a series of fraught negotiations.  The film offers a fascinating consideration of human despair and decency under intense pressure.

DCP, b/w, 91 min.  Production: Pendennis Pictures.  Distribution: United Producers Releasing Organization.  Producer: Steven Pallos.  Director: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield).  Based on a story by Sigmund Miller.  Screenwriter: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield), Sigmund Miller.  Cinematographer: Jack Hildyard.  Editor: Oswald Hafenrichter, Kit Owens.  Composer: Thomas Rajna.  With: Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Hermione Baddeley, Bernard Braden, Diane Cilento.