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Encyclopedia > Five Came Back
Five Came Back
Directed by John Farrow
Produced by Robert Sisk
Written by Richard Carroll (story)
Jerry Cady
Dalton Trumbo
Nathanael West
Starring Chester Morris
Lucille Ball
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Editing by Harry Marker
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release date(s) June 23, 1939
Running time 73 minutes
Country Flag of the United States United States
Language English
Budget $225,000
IMDb profile

Five Came Back is a 1939 melodrama and a precursor of the disaster film genre. A B movie with an A-level cast and crew, the film boasts direction by John Farrow, photography by renowned film noir cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, and a screenplay by Jerry Cady, Dalton Trumbo and Nathanael West. Image File history File links Fcb1939. ... John Farrow was an award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter, born John N.B. Villiers-Farrow on February 10, 1904 in Sydney, Australia. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist, and a member of the Hollywood Ten, one of group of film professionals who refused to testify before the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee about alleged communist involvement. ... Nathanael West (October 17, 1903 – December 22, 1940) was the pen name of US author, screenwriter and satirist Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein. ... John Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 - September 11, 1970) was an American actor. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Roy Webb (October 3, 1888 - December 10, 1982) was a film music composer. ... Italian-born cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca (October 25, 1892 - September 3, 1975) began his film career as the chauffeur for silent-movie producer J. Stuart Blackton. ... The classic logo of RKO Radio Pictures. ... is the 174th day of the year (175th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... USD redirects here. ... The year 1939 in film involved some significant events. ... With the release of The Poseidon Adventure (1972), the Disaster film officially became a movie-going craze. ... The King of the Bs, Roger Corman, produced and directed The Raven (1963) for American International Pictures. ... John Farrow was an award-winning film director, producer and screenwriter, born John N.B. Villiers-Farrow on February 10, 1904 in Sydney, Australia. ... Two silhouetted figures in The Big Combo (1955). ... Italian-born cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca (October 25, 1892 - September 3, 1975) began his film career as the chauffeur for silent-movie producer J. Stuart Blackton. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Dalton Trumbo (December 9, 1905 – September 10, 1976) was an American screenwriter and novelist, and a member of the Hollywood Ten, one of group of film professionals who refused to testify before the 1947 House Un-American Activities Committee about alleged communist involvement. ... Nathanael West (October 17, 1903 – December 22, 1940) was the pen name of US author, screenwriter and satirist Nathan Wallenstein Weinstein. ...


In 1956, producer-director Farrow remade the film as Back from Eternity, starring Robert Ryan and Anita Ekberg. However, despite a larger budget, most critics considered it inferior to this version. Robert Ryan (November 11, 1909 – July 11, 1973) was an Irish-American Oscar and Bafta award-nominated actor born in Chicago, Illinois. ... Anita Ekberg in the Fontana di Trevi. ...

Contents

Plot

Nine passengers board a commercial flight to Panama City: This article is about the capital city of Panama. ...

  • wealthy Judson Ellis (Patric Knowles) and Alice Melbourne (Wendy Barrie), eloping because their parents disapprove
  • elderly Professor Henry Spengler (C. Aubrey Smith) and his somewhat difficult wife Martha (Elisabeth Risdon)
  • gunman Pete (Allen Jenkins), who is escorting youngster Tommy Mulvaney (Casey Johnson), the son of his fugitive gangster boss
  • Peggy Nolan (Lucille Ball), a woman of ill-repute
  • Vasquez (Joseph Calleia), an anarchist being extradited for killing a high-ranking politician, and guarded by Mr. Crimp (John Carradine) for the $5,000 reward for his delivery

The pilot, Bill Brooks (Chester Morris), co-pilot Joe (Kent Taylor) and Larry the steward comprise the crew. Patric Knowles Patric Knowles (November 11, 1911 – December 23, 1995) was an English born film actor who appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. ... Wendy Barrie (18 April 1912 – 2 February 1978) was a British actress who worked in British and Hollywood films. ... Sir Charles Aubrey Smith (known as Sir Aubrey Smith) (21 July 1863-20 December 1948) was an English cricketer and actor. ... Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974), originally Alfred McGonegal, was a character actor born on Staten Island, New York. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Joseph Calleia (August 4, 1897 – October 31, 1975), was a singer, composer, and actor, both on Broadway and in film. ... Anarchist redirects here. ... Extradition is the official process by which one nation or state requests and obtains from another nation or state the surrender of a suspected or convicted criminal. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 – November 27, 1988) was a Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actor, perhaps best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns. ... John Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 - September 11, 1970) was an American actor. ... Kent Taylor (May 11, 1906 - April 11, 1987) was an American actor. ...


A fierce storm buffets their airplane. A gas cylinder gets loose and is thrown against the door, forcing it open; Larry falls out to his death. The plane is blown far south of where rescuers would search and crash-lands in the dense Amazonian jungle. Map of the Amazon rainforest ecoregions as delineated by the WWF. Yellow line encloses the Amazon rainforest. ...


As weeks go by, Bill and Joe struggle to repair the engines, while the others clear a runway. The experience changes everyone. The Spenglers rediscover their love for each other. Bill warms to an appreciative Peggy, though she tells him about her past. The biggest change is in Vasquez. Seeing how well most of the group have coped with their situation, he reconsiders his radical beliefs. Alice toughens up, but Judson goes to pieces, staying drunk much of the time.


On the twenty-third day, Crimp disappears. It is Tommy who eventually discovers him. When Peggy and Pete go looking for the boy, he leads them to the body; they realize he has been killed by a poison dart. Pete orders Peggy to take Tommy to safety while he guards their retreat. He ends up being killed by the unseen natives as well.


The rest board the now-repaired plane, but when an oil leak develops, there is only one working engine. As a result, the plane can only carry four adults and Tommy. Vasquez suddenly grabs the gun from Bill and announces that, since he is doomed no matter what, he will decide who goes and who stays. The Spenglers volunteer to remain behind. Judson tries to bribe Vasquez. When Vasquez decides that he will not be a passenger, Judson attacks and is shot dead.


The plane successfully takes off. Professor Spengler informs Vasquez that if they are taken alive, they will be tortured. Vasquez lies to him, telling him that there are three bullets left when there are only two. He kills the couple, then awaits his grisly fate.


Cast

John Chester Brooks Morris (February 16, 1901 - September 11, 1970) was an American actor. ... Lucille Désirée Ball (August 6, 1911 – April 26, 1989) was an iconic American comedienne, film, television, stage and radio actress, glamour girl and star of the landmark sitcoms I Love Lucy, The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour, The Lucy Show and Heres Lucy. ... Wendy Barrie (18 April 1912 – 2 February 1978) was a British actress who worked in British and Hollywood films. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 – November 27, 1988) was a Daytime Emmy Award-winning American actor, perhaps best known for his roles in horror films and Westerns. ... Allen Jenkins (April 9, 1900 – July 20, 1974), originally Alfred McGonegal, was a character actor born on Staten Island, New York. ... Joseph Calleia (August 4, 1897 – October 31, 1975), was a singer, composer, and actor, both on Broadway and in film. ... Sir Charles Aubrey Smith (known as Sir Aubrey Smith) (21 July 1863-20 December 1948) was an English cricketer and actor. ... Kent Taylor (May 11, 1906 - April 11, 1987) was an American actor. ... Patric Knowles Patric Knowles (November 11, 1911 – December 23, 1995) was an English born film actor who appeared in films of the 1930s through the 1970s. ...

Production

Almost a character in its own right, the airplane used in Five Came Back is the Capelis XC-12, built in 1933 by Capelis Safety Airplane Corporation of California. The plane is described at an American aviation history reference and research Web site, Aerofiles:

XC-12 1933 = 12pClwM rg*; two 525hp Wright Cyclone; span: 55'0" length: 42'0" load: 3000# v: 220/190/65. Dr John E Younger; POP: 1 [X12762]. All-metal; triple biplane tail; partly-retracting gear, which extended automatically when the throttle was closed.
Funded by local Greek restaurateurs as a promotional aircraft, and constructed with help from University of California students. US patent #1,745,600 issued to Socrates H Capelis, of El Cerrito, in 1930 (a modified application for patent of the design with a half-span dorsal wing and two more engines appears in 1932). The main spar was bolted together, and much of the skin attached with P-K screws rather than rivets. These tended to vibrate loose, requiring tightening or replacing every few flights. Promotional tours were soon abandoned, and its career ended as a movie prop, appearing in ground roles in several motion pictures (Five Came Back 1939, Flying Tigers 1942, others) before reportedly being scrapped c.1943. Flying shots in films were of a model; the plane itself was grounded by the studio's insurance company.[1]

Reception

In his July 5, 1939 New York Times review, Frank Nugent praised it as "a rousing salute to melodrama, suspenseful as a slow-burning fuse, exciting as a pinwheel, spectacularly explosive as an aerial bomb."[2] is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


"In 1939, John Farrow directed one of the most exciting 'B' films in company history," wrote Richard B. Jewell in The RKO Story. "Since the title indicated how many would make it out alive, audience members were kept on the edge of their seats," according to Jewell, Professor of American Film at the University of Southern California. Jewell describes the film as "one of the very best programme melodramas in RKO history. ... The Trojan Shrine, better known as Tommy Trojan located in the center of University of Southern California campus. ...


Five Came Back, which cost a mere $225,000 to make, eventually earned $262,000 in profits and collected substantial critical praise."[3]


Trivia

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External links

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References

  1. ^ Aerofiles, retrieved June 24, 2007
  2. ^ Five Came Back (1939) July 5, 1939 THE SCREEN; The Rialto Sets Off Some Fireworks With 'Five Came Back'--It's 'Zero Hour' at the Palace. New York Times (July 5, 1939). Retrieved on 2008-05-30.
  3. ^ Jewell, Richard B., The RKO Story, p. 131 (1982, Arlington House ISBN 0517546566)
The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ... is the 186th day of the year (187th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 150th day of the year (151st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

 
 

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