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The High and the Mighty (1954) was a Action - Adventure Film directed by William A. Wellman and produced by John Wayne and Robert Fellows.

Academy Awards 1954 --- Ceremony Number 27 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActressJan SterlingNominated
Best Supporting ActressClaire TrevorNominated
Best DirectorWilliam A. WellmanNominated
Best Film EditingRalph DawsonNominated
Best Music - ScoringDimitri TiomkinWon
Best Music - SongMusic by Dimitri Tiomkin; Lyrics by Ned WashingtonNominated
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The High and the Mighty (1954)

on Jul 28, 2014 From Journeys in Classic Film

It’s all about the Duke this week as I enter the uncharted territory (personally) of John Wayne’s filmography. The High and the Mighty entered this list after watching a TV commercial for it during a panel about marketing TCM at the TCM Classic Film Festival. Something about the movie... Read full article


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[last lines]
Tim Garfield: So Long. So long, you ancient pelican.


[first lines]
Ben Sneed: Hey fella, ain't you Dan Roman?
Dan Roman: Yeah.
Ben Sneed: I heard you whistlin' and I said to myself only one guy does that just so.


Ken Childs: Keep talking, please keep talking; I'm frightened...
May Holst: Talking? Honey, you dont know what you're asking. Tell you a good joke on me: You know, I always dreaded the idea of becoming an old woman. And the way things look now, I won't have to worry about it any more. You know, I haven't been whistled at in years, and the idea of growing roses for the rest of my life is really beginning to haunt me. There oughta be a home for dames like me. Yup - we shoulda organized. You know, a house somewhere with no mirror in it, far away where we never have to look at a young girl. They have homes for unmarried mothers but everybody forgets about the girls who - who never quite managed to make things legal. I think I could start one! Yeah - I could call it the May Holst Home for Broken-Down Broads. I kind of like that, don't you?


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John Wayne's role was first offered to Spencer Tracy. However, Tracy, a Democrat who opposed blacklisting, wanted nothing to do with Wayne's Batjac production company and turned the part down.
Joan Crawford, Ida Lupino, Barbara Stanwyck, Ginger Rogers, and Dorothy McGuire all turned down roles in this film.
Producer John Wayne chose Robert Cummings as his co-star for the role of Captain Sullivan. Director William A. Wellman, however, overrode his producer and chose Robert Stack for the part.
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