Flight To Nowhere (1946)

June 24, 2011

 

Starring Alan Curtis, Evelyn Ankers, and Jack Holt this Golden Gate Picture directed by William Rowland is a soap opera even though it is billed as a mystery. The film begins well enough with a murder in Honolulu followed by footage of a bomb going off complete with appropriate underscore. It is soon revealed it is an international cartel who killed the courier in Honolulu to obtain a document which somehow reveals where a valuable uranium deposit is located on an atoll in the South Pacific. The majority of the story takes place in a Death Valley hotel. The romantic situations are way too many and the map/letter changes hands so many times it’s comical. We learn later that the map is actually on a ring which makes me ask the question about this document in the first place. If the script had stuck to the murder/map it would have done a lot better. Hoot Gibson has a small insignificant role as a sheriff. This film is available through the Internet Archive as well as Alpha Video (ALP4472D) at a low cost. http://www.archive.org/details/flight_to_nowhere   (*1/2)

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