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Disaster Porn Saturday Night: Five Came Back

Peggy (Lucille Ball) and Pete (Allen Jenkins) wait patiently as the pilots test their handywork as Tommy (Casey Johnson) waits for another story from Pete.

Peggy (Lucille Ball) and Pete (Allen Jenkins) wait patiently as the pilots test their handywork as Tommy (Casey Johnson) waits for another story from Pete.

Everybody loves Lucy.

Except for me.

Back in my younger days, yes, I did love Lucy, but as I've gotten older my feelings have changed, but, before she became the star of her own sitcom, she was trying to establish herself as an actress.

In Five Came Back, she plays Peggy Nolan, a woman with a past and maybe she's trying to run from that past as she becomes a passenger on the ill fated Silver Queen headed to South America.

Also headed to South America are secret lovers, Alice Melhorne and Judson Ellis (Wendie Barrie and Patric Knowles); Crimp (John Carradine) and his prisoner Vasquez (Joseph Calleia); Pete (Allen Jenkins) escorting his boss's son Tommy (Casey Johnson) away from harm and elderly couple Prof. Henry Spengler ( C. Aubrey Smith) and wife Martha (Elisabeth Risdon).

Pilots Bill and Joe (Chester Morris and Kent Taylor respectively) and steward Larry (Dick Hogan) make up the crew on this very, very long journey.

As the passengers board the Silver Queen, they go to their berths and in the morning will wake up in Mexico. There they'll enjoy breakfast as the plane is refueled and all that other airplane cleaning stuff is done.

Before they take off, Alice and Judson are confronted by early paparazzi and they admit to eloping and once everyone is settled in, Bill and Joe take them once again into the friendly sky.

This time the sky isn't so friendly as they get caught up in a storm and are blown off course somewhere over the Andes and well, eventually crash, because only five are coming back.

Throughout the rest of the movie they set up their own little jungle community as Bill and Joe spend days repairing the engines and everyone must work together clearing a path for getting the Queen out of the valley.

Earlier on, Prof. Spengler mentions the tribes of head-hunter's but that seems to be the least of the survivors worries as they fight to survive amongst one another.

Latent personalities are brought to the surface as the strong will fall and the weak will rise over the next few days, plus they are now made aware of the increasing danger of the head-hunters.

Time is against them as the tribe is ready to attack and mutiny breaks out amongst the survivors. They come to realize that only a handful can make it out safely but the question is who will survive?

While I'm not an aviation expert, I don't understand the process of this flying hotel and why it would take a couple of days to reach it's destination. I can understand the layover in Mexico, but not the whole berth thing. I've flown at night and never had a berth, but did have many layovers in Kansas City.

I really don't consider this to be a disaster movie per say, but for it's time, the plane crash was done well and the survival storyline was also good, but really dull. Had the plane crashed earlier in the movie, I think the post crash story would have been better.

But, five came back, so we know that much.





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