Julie (1956 film)
Julie is a 1956 film noir written and directed by Andrew L. Stone and starring Doris Day, Louis Jourdan and Barry Sullivan. The film is also notable as potentially the first film to feature the subplot of a stewardess piloting a 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.
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|Directed by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Produced by||Martin Melcher|
|Screenplay by||Andrew L. Stone|
|Music by||Leith Stevens|
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||Virginia L. Stone|
|Box office||$2.6 million|
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.
- Doris Day as Julie Benton
- Louis Jourdan as Lyle Benton
- Barry Sullivan as Cliff Henderson
- Frank Lovejoy as Det. Lt. Pringle
- Jack Kelly as Jack (co-pilot)
- Ann Robinson as Valerie
- Barney Phillips as Doctor on Flight 36
- Jack Kruschen as Det. Mace
- John Gallaudet as Det. Sgt. Cole
- Carleton Young as Airport Control Tower Official
- Hank Patterson as Ellis
- Ed Hinton as Captain of Flight 36
- Harlan Warde as Det. Pope
- Aline Towne as Denise Martin
- Eddie Marr as Airline Official
- Joel Marston as Garage Mechanic
- Mae Marsh as Hysterical Passenger
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).[N 1]
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.
Aviation film historian Stephen Pendo in Aviation in the Cinema (1985) described Julie as a "minor film."
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."
- 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.
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- Wilson 2005, p. 175.
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