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The Night My Number Came Up (3 stars)

The Night My Number Came Up

(PG) 91min

Forget Final Destination, this is the original fateful flight film. Produced by Ealing Studios in 1955, it’s based on a supposedly true story via an article by Victor Goddard as adapted by RC Sherriff (who also wrote that same year’s bomber plane classic The Dam Busters, also just re-issued) and directed by first-timer Leslie Norman (the father of critic Barry who would go on to make Dunkirk). The film opens at a dinner party in Hong Kong, where a pilot recounts a dream he had the night before in which a Dakota cargo plane carrying eight people from Bangkok to Tokyo crashes into Japanese mountains. The next day Michael Redgrave’s dinner guest and fellow pilot is on a DC3 flying out of the Siamese capital and bound for the land of the rising sun with seven people onboard … The supernatural overtones, the film’s flashback structure and Redgrave’s presence put one in mind of Ealing’s earlier creepy suspenser Dead of Night. No extras.


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