Saturday, June 3, 2017

THE HORROR AT 37,000 Feet - An All-Star TV Movie (1973)

Lynyrd Skynyrd hit #27 on the Billboard charts in 1975 with "Saturday Night Special," but two years earlier there was a TV movie called "The Horror At 37,000 Feet!" Combine the two, and you end up here!

For a TV movie, I'm giving "The Horror At 37,000 Feet" 37 and a half stars because for starters, it was able to keep my attention, which is a major ordeal these daze, and number two, it has a killer cast that would be fun to watch no matter what they were doing!

Just to get started, you've got the amzing Chuck (The Rifleman) Connors as the Captain of this doomed flight!

Who else is on the Who's Who list of passengers on this journey to Hell? How about the incredible Paul (Catfish In Black Bean Sauce) Winfield?

Then there's Roy (The Invaders) Thinnes and Jane Merrow as this happy couple! Among a lot of other things, Jane was a chorus girl in the Herbert Lom version of "The Phantom Of The Opera!"

And Yes......The Shat is back! His significant guitar strummin' other is Lynn (Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun) Loring!

The lovable Buddy Ebsen is a lot grumpier on this flight than he ever was as Jed Clampett!

France (Battle For The Planet Of The Apes) Nuyen just really wants to get home!

H.M. Wynant was in "The Twilight Zone" episode titled "The Howling Man," and is the Co-pilot, and Russell (The Professor on Gilligan's Island) Johnson is the Co-Co-pilot!

The creepy little girl is Mia (Ladies And Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains) Bendixsen!

Darling Darleen Carr as one of the stewardesses in the white plastic go-go boots and short skirts is the frosting on the cake! Darleen was also the voice of the girl in Disney's 1967 "The Jungle Book!"

As you can see the roster of talent here is first string and top shelf, like here in the background are Will (Sugarfoot) Hutchins and Tammy (Can't Stop The Music) Grimes! 
I just love this fustercluck of horror shot!

 There is some scary going on too!!

Okay, we've got a big scary mess on our hands, so what are we going to do about it Bill?

In The End, the pizza is burnt........

.......and The Shat just has to go!!
Anything else you want to know you can figure out for yourself, because you can watch it at your leisure for free on YouTube right here:
"The Horror At 37,000 Feet"
Have a Nice Day!!


Dr. Theda said...

One from my early childhood... and recently got it on my computer... the first time that we saw it (when it premiered)There was a "Pine-Wood Derby" that I had to attend... as soon as my car lost... we left for me to go home and watch this one... had to get my 3rd place award the following week at cub-scouts... the movie was more important than the Award...

Randall Landers said...

It is one creepy movie! Love it!

Anonymous said...

I just remember being impressed by that spiral staircase-on a plane?!?!

EEGAH!! said...

It was a pretty fancy plane, that's for sure!

Lacey said...

Sorry EEGAH, but in the day these were quite common. They even had a Coach Lounge. Now you can't get leg room. THAT is the REAL "horror."


TC said...

Darleen Carr was ubiquitous in late 1970's TV. She was probably in every Quinn Martin detective series at one time or another.

Jane Merrow was in Night of the Big Heat (1967), with Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. It used to turn up on late night TV fairly often, under the title "Island of the Burning Doomed." I think she was also in Hands of the Ripper. And she guest starred in episodes of UFO, Danger Man (US: Secret Agent), and The Prisoner.

Grant said...

This is one of those TV horror films that have somehow always escaped me, and I'm VERY sentimental about TV horror films, especially early ' 70's ones.

I've always liked Darleen Carr a whole lot in the early mini-series ONCE AN EAGLE, where she and Sam Elliott are very believable as a couple. Speaking of your attention span, like any mini-series it's a real "investment," but it's a very good one.

Anonymous said...

I'm impressed by that view of Darleen Carr in white plastic boots and short skirt.

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