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* HoYay: Probably unintentional, but there's a brief moment where square-jawed Captain Wilson [[https://youtu.be/8-v2BHNBVCs?t=846 gives Stryker a meaningful look]] and then turns and walks away, almost as if he expects Stryker to follow him to someplace a little more private.

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* HoYay: Probably unintentional, but there's a brief moment where square-jawed Captain Wilson [[https://youtu.be/8-v2BHNBVCs?t=846 gives Stryker a meaningful look]] and then turns and walks away, almost as if he expects Stryker to follow him to someplace a little more private.


Creator/ArthurHailey, writer of the original story, later wrote another plane-in-distress story, ''Film/{{Airport}}'', which was made into a 1970 film that started the '70s DisasterMovie craze that ''Airplane!'' satirized.

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Creator/ArthurHailey, writer of the original story, later wrote another plane-in-distress story, ''Film/{{Airport}}'', which was made into a 1970 film that started the '70s DisasterMovie craze that ''Airplane!'' satirized.
satirized - so effectively that it ''ended'' the genre, making Hailey technically both the creator and [[GenreKiller destroyer]] of it.


''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Creator/SterlingHayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian teleplay ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.

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''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Creator/SterlingHayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian teleplay ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, Creator/ArthurHailey, and from his novelization of same.



Arthur Hailey, writer of the original story, later wrote another plane-in-distress story, ''Film/{{Airport}}'', which was made into a 1970 film that started the '70s DisasterMovie craze that ''Airplane!'' satirized.

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Arthur Hailey, Creator/ArthurHailey, writer of the original story, later wrote another plane-in-distress story, ''Film/{{Airport}}'', which was made into a 1970 film that started the '70s DisasterMovie craze that ''Airplane!'' satirized.


''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian teleplay ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.

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''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden.Creator/SterlingHayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian teleplay ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.


** Taken a step further when Ellen (who, in this film, is not a flight attendant) is brought up to handle the radio for him. Justified in that the actual flight attendant is needed with the passengers; and Ellen's relationship with Ted, however damaged, will help her give him the emotional support he needs.

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** Taken a step further when Ellen (who, in this film, is not a flight attendant) is brought up to handle the radio for him. Justified This is even sillier than ''Airplane!'', as in that the actual flight attendant this film, Ellen is needed with the passengers; and Ellen's relationship with Ted, however damaged, will help her give him the emotional support he needs.a passenger rather than a stewardess.

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* PlaneAwfulFlight: Half the passengers on a plane flight succumb to food poisoning, including the flight crew, forcing a former fighter pilot to take the controls and land the plane.


If any of this sounds familiar to modern audiences, it's likely because the plot of ''Zero Hour!'' was adapted, nearly wholesale (including character names, back stories and even entire hunks of dialog), into the 1980 parody film ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. In this film the LoveInterest played by Darnell is Stryker's wife, and a passenger rather than a stewardess, and little Joey is their son. Other than that, ''Zero Hour!'' is basically ''Airplane!'' with all the jokes taken out.

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If any of this sounds familiar to modern audiences, it's likely because the plot of ''Zero Hour!'' was adapted, officially and nearly wholesale (including character names, back stories and even entire hunks of dialog), into the 1980 parody film ''Film/{{Airplane}}''. In this film the LoveInterest played by Darnell is Stryker's wife, and a passenger rather than a stewardess, and little Joey is their son. Other than that, ''Zero Hour!'' is basically ''Airplane!'' with all the jokes taken out.


* {{Narrator}}: A deadly serious one for the opening scene recounting Ted's ill-fated World War II mission.

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* {{Narrator}}: A deadly serious one for the opening scene recounting [[Series/{{Cannon}} William Conrad]], in full "deadly serious" mode, recounts Ted's ill-fated World War II mission.mission in the opening scene.


''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian television script ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.

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''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian television script teleplay ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.


* DisasterMovie

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* DisasterMovieDisasterMovie: A plane will crash unless a washed out pilot can save everyone.



* RefusalOfTheCall: See the page quote.

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* RefusalOfTheCall: See the page quote.Ted is convinced he can't do it, both because of his trauma, and that he's not trained for this kind of plane.



* ShellShockedVeteran: Ted

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* ShellShockedVeteran: TedTed lost most of his men on a mission, and is still bearing that guilt.


''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian television script ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.

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''Zero Hour!'' is a 1957 Suspense / DisasterMovie directed by Hall Bartlett, starring Dana Andrews, Creator/DanaAndrews, Linda Darnell and Sterling Hayden. One of the earliest examples of the "airline disaster" sub-genre, the film was adapted from the Canadian television script ''Flight Into Danger'', written by former pilot Arthur Hailey, and from his novelization of same.


'''Ted Stryker:'''. No. Not a chance!

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'''Ted Stryker:'''. Stryker:''' No. Not a chance!

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* GotVolunteered: Basically, Stryker pushed into taking over as there's no one else on the plane who can fly.
-->'''Ellen''': Ted, what are you doing? You can't fly this plane!
-->'''Stryker''': That's what I've been telling these people, Ellen. But they seem to have other ideas.


* [[ArsonMurderAndLifesaving Arson, Murder, and Lifesaving]]: Treleaven grumbles about Stryker's "lousiest landing in the history of this airport!" and then immediately offers sincere congratulations.



* WhatTheHellHero: Beautifully subverted, as Treleaven grumbles about Stryker's "lousiest landing in the history of this airport!" and then immediately offers sincere congratulations.

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