James Stewart, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns
Farnborough, Farnham, Gander
Director : Henry Koster Production Company : 20th Century Fox Region : SOUTH EAST M-Q
James Stewart is an absent minded American aeronautical engineer working on his theory that planes are susceptible to metal fatigue after a specific amount of time in the air. He boards a plane that is approaching that time and begins to enact incidences of sabotage to keep the planes on the ground, regardless of whether he is right or wrong. Eventually he is proved right.
Stills by Roy Barnacle
Also known as 'No Highway in the Sky' (US title)
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nh001. Royal Aircraft Establishment entrance. Probably the South gate. Script gone by 1960, see pic 004n.
nh002. Royal Aircraft Establishment hanger.
nh003. Clocking off time at the Royal Aircraft Establishment.
nh004. The workers leaving. This is the South Gate of the Royal Aircraft Establishment on the Farnborough Road.
nh004a. This is the South Gate in 1960. By 1970, the gatehouse had been demolished. Original copyright is unknown. Found on http://www.historicfarnborough.co.uk/raesouthgate.html. Robin Brooks (Modern Photo Added: 17-05-2011)
nh004n. This is the South Gate now. The gatehouse was set back from the road, as can be seen in the picture from 1960. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 17-05-2011)
nh005. Another shot of the exit/entrance.
nh005n. This is where the gatehouse would have stood, close to where the Lightning stands now. The buildings behind form part of the Farnborough Air Sciences Trust. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 17-05-2011)
nh005n2. This old piece of paving still exists, the last surviving remnant of the original gatehouse layout. Robin Brooks. (Modern Photo Added: 17-05-2011)
nh005a. Jimmy Stewart leaves the Royal Aircraft Establishment, pushes through a bus queue and crosses the road. The implication is that this view is directly opposite the South Gate entrance. But no such architecture exists there, and the local museum reckons it never did. So where is it?
nh005an. If the sequence in the movie is to be believed, this would be the "now" shot. At least one of these buildings is pre-1950. Conclusive evidence two different locations were spliced together. Robin Brooks (Modern Photo Added: 17-05-2011)
nh005b. A few seconds later, the camera catches James Stewart crossing the road.
nh006. A Farnham doorway. Farnham Museum says this isn't Farnham.