The Flight That Disappeared (1961)

DailyView: Day 180, Movie 262

Sci-Fi and Airplanes.

A low budget film from 1961 deals with an airplane that began climbing for no apparent reason. The controls were not in the pilot’s control and the passengers began losing consciousness from a lack of oxygen.

Coincidentally (or was it?), the airplane contained nuclear physicist, a rocket expert, and a mathematical genius who were on their way to Washington D.C. for a special meeting about a revolutionary new weapon.

Turned out the plane was being pulled into a fourth dimension by future beings who were never born because of the weapon that was to be created by the three of them. They were to be put on trial for their destructive crimes.

The film starred Craig Hill, Paula Raymond, and Dayton Lummis as our three defendants of the future.

The film did feel sort of preachy near the end as it was a film against the proliferation of nuclear weaponry from the 1960s, playing on the fears of the nation at the times. The story was more interesting during the mystery, before we knew what was happening to the plane. The resolution of the fourth dimension was quick and lacked any real development.

Overall, the film was fine, but I am not sure it will be memorable moving forward.

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