I encoouurage you to see The High & the Mighty.
Was I disappointed in the re-release of a classic? No. Did it meet my expectations? Yes. I expected to see a 50’s dramatic treatment of what Airplane later made fun of. That didn’t detract from the nostalgia or the appreciation of a job well done. The theme song ran through my head as I dropped off to sleep. I still love that tune even though it was looked like John Wayne was not really whistling, just pursed his lips and sat there. That was funny.
If you view old movies through the lens of the 21st century technology and a current day approach, you won’t enjoy the majority of them. If you sit down with your popcorn expecting to see the art of the day in which it was filmed, you will enjoy the style, the cinemetography according to the techniques available at the time. You will get into it, even the simple plots and outdated costuming. You will recognize “breakthrough” when you see it. You will wrap yourself in the innocence and simplicity and not see it as boring. And they are by and large, clean. It’s American movie history.
High and Mighty started an edge-of-the-seat genre in an industry that was growing rapidly, air travel. This genre kept going for 20 years. Sort of like when Elvis really launched rock ‘n’ roll and the Beatles redefined it. I’m not saying all of the air disasters are classics. Most of them are funny because they were spoofed, and are now, not classics like Casablanca, but campy. Had they not been spoofed, they would be gathering dust.
So for the sake of Collection, Nostalgia, Art Appreciation, History, Originality, and Fun, I own The High and the Mighty. The only other one in its genre that I think is worth collecting is Airport, 1969, starring Dean Martin. The setting is Chicago, the filmed backdrop is the Wold Chamberlain Field, now known as Minneapolis-St.Paul International. Some others have individual great moments—I guess I’ll have to rent and review before investment.
I bet you can find all these and more at Netflix or the shelf marked “classics” at the rental store. Start the popcorn.