Time Out saysA British prototype for the Airport disaster movies of the '60s and '70s, with Shepperton's version of an all-star cast among the 40 passengers and crew of a first class transatlantic flight. Attenborough is the disaster in question, a specialist in unstable compounds who is more than a little unstable himself after his daughter's death in a hit-and-run incident. It transpires that the guilty party (Rose) is also on the flight, and twitchy Dickie has a bomb stowed away. 'You think you have a plane-load of people? It's a travelling zoo!' he explains to Captain Stanley Baker - with some justification. Like its later supersonic counterparts, Endfield's film is naive and contrived, but not without interest as the alarmed passengers soon divide into groups: reactionary (advocating torture) and liberal (patience and persuasion).
Cast and crew
Paul Eddington, Megs Jenkins, David Kossoff, Virginia Maskell, George Rose, Harry Secombe, Elizabeth Sellars, Sybil Thorndike, Marty Wilde, Diane Cilento, Bernard Braden, Hermione Baddeley, Richard Attenborough, Stanley Baker, Mai Zetterling