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Five Came Back (1939)

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75 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe ...See moreTwelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety. Do both Bill and Joe make the flight out? And what about the rest: Peggy, a woman with a slightly tarnished past; Pete, a racketeer who is escorting his boss's young son Tommy; Alice and Judson, eloping lovers who seem to have less in common as their plight changes one of them in the other's eyes; Crimp, who is bringing criminal Vasquez to justice; Prof. and Mrs. Spengler, an elderly couple whom become closer due to their predicament; and finally, is flight attendant Larry among the five? And who decides who lives and dies? Written by Ron Kerrigan See less
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Jerome Cady (screenplay) (as Jerry Cady) | Dalton Trumbo (screenplay) | Nathanael West (screenplay) | Richard Carroll (story)
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Jun 23, 1939 (United States)

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Lucille Ball
Peggy Nolan Peggy Nolan   See fewer
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Wendy Barrie
Alice Melhorne Alice Melhorne   See fewer
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Joseph Calleia
Vasquez Vasquez   See fewer
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C. Aubrey Smith
Prof. Henry Spengler Prof. Henry Spengler   See fewer
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Kent Taylor
Joe Brooks Joe Brooks   See fewer
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Patric Knowles
Judson Ellis Judson Ellis   See fewer
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Elisabeth Risdon
Martha Spengler Martha Spengler   See fewer
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Casey Johnson
Tommy Mulvaney Tommy Mulvaney   See fewer
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Dick Hogan
Larry Larry   See fewer
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Pedro de Cordoba
Latin Ambassador (uncredited) Latin Ambassador (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Faylen
Photographer (uncredited) Photographer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bud Geary
Policeman (uncredited) Policeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charlie Hall
Airport Worker (uncredited) Airport Worker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Homans
Police Captain (uncredited) Police Captain (uncredited)   See fewer
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Selmer Jackson
Airline Official (uncredited) Airline Official (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Flower Lady (uncredited) Flower Lady (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Mills
Taxi Driver (uncredited) Taxi Driver (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pat O'Malley
Mike Mulvaney (uncredited) Mike Mulvaney (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ronald R. Rondell
Page with Package (uncredited) Page with Package (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.1 / 10 | 1,640 votes