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Julie is a 1956 film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Doris Day, Louis Jourdan and Barry Sullivan.[3] The film is also notable as potentially the first film to feature the subplot of a stewardess piloting an aircraft to safety, later used in Airport 1975 (1975) and parodied in Airplane! (1980). Julie is further notable for being technically accurate as regards to contemporary aviation technology.[4]

Julie (1956 film) poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAndrew L. Stone
Produced byMartin Melcher
Screenplay byAndrew L. Stone
StarringDoris Day
Louis Jourdan
Barry Sullivan
Music byLeith Stevens
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byVirginia L. Stone
Arwin Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • October 17, 1956 (1956-10-17) (United States)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$2.6 million[1][2]


A former stewardess, widow Julie Benton (Doris Day), flying for "Amalgamated Airlines" is terrorized by her insanely jealous second husband, Lyle (Louis Jourdan). It becomes a life-or-death matter after friend Cliff Henderson (Barry Sullivan) relays his suspicions to Julie that her first husband's death might not have been a suicide.

She pretends that she would have fallen for Lyle even if her first husband had still been alive, and Lyle confesses the murder to her. Julie flees with Cliff's help, but police are unable to arrest Lyle without proof.

Julie and Cliff hire a car and drive north to San Francisco where Julie changes her identity, and returns to her former job with the airline. Lyle has a confrontation with Cliff, Lyle shoots him and learns where Julie can be found.

With police in pursuit, Julie is warned that Lyle might be on her flight. She spots him, but Lyle pulls a gun on her, then kills the pilot before being shot himself. Julie is "talked down" receiving instructions on how to fly the aircraft. She does so successfully, and her nightmare comes to an end.



The movie was known as If I Can't Have You. Stone's signing was announced in January 1956.[5]

The aircraft in Julie were Douglas R5D-1/3 Skymaster four-engined cargo and passenger airliners from Transocean Air Lines, a charter company based at Oakland International Airport, (San Francisco).[4][N 1]


Box officeEdit

According to MGM records, Julie earned $1,415,000 in the US and Canada and $1,185,000 elsewhere resulting in a profit of $604,000.[1]

Critical responseEdit

Aviation film historian Stephen Pendo in Aviation in the Cinema (1985) described Julie as a "minor film."[6]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz, likewise, gave Julie a mixed review, writing, "Improbable crime thriller about a woman-in-peril, that is too uneven to be effective; the banal dialogue is the final killer. ... Doris Day, to her credit, gives it her best shot and tries to take it seriously even when the melodrama moves way past the point of just being ridiculous. Later disaster movies stole some of those airplane landing scenes."[7]

Julie is listed in Golden Raspberry Award founder John Wilson's book The Official Razzie Movie Guide as one of the "100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made".[8]


Julie was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Song ("Julie" by Leith Stevens and Tom Adair, which Doris Day sings during the opening credits).[9]

See alsoEdit



  1. ^ To bring the airliner down safely to a landing, Transocean Air Lines pilots Bill Keating and Royal Minson taught Doris Day to handle the controls in a realistic way.[4]


  1. ^ a b c "The Eddie Mannix Ledger." Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study, Los Angeles, 2019.
  2. ^ "Domestic take; Top Grosses of 1957". Variety, January 8, 1958, p. 30.
  3. ^ Paris 1995, p. 203.
  4. ^ a b c Santoir, Christian. "Review: 'Julie'. Aeromovies, 2019. Retrieved: May 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Drama: Andrew Stone to Direct Doris Day in Thriller; Laraine Day Plays Juror Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times 5 Jan 1956: B11.
  6. ^ Pendo 1985, p. 281.
  7. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. "Film review: 'Julie'."Ozus' World Movie Reviews, June 6, 2005. Retrieved:: July 5, 2013.
  8. ^ Wilson 2005, p. 175.
  9. ^ "Awards: 'Julie'." IMDb, 2019. Retrieved: May 12, 2019.


  • Paris, Michael. From the Wright Brothers to Top Gun: Aviation, Nationalism, and Popular Cinema. Manchester, UK: Manchester University Press, 1995. ISBN 978-0-7190-4074-0.
  • Pendo, Stephen. Aviation in the Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1985. ISBN 0-8-1081-746-2.
  • Wilson, John. The Official Razzie Movie Guide: Enjoying the Best of Hollywood's Worst. New York: Grand Central Publishing, 2005. ISBN 0-446-69334-0.

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