This week’s mystery movie has been the 1952 Hammer Films picture “Wings of Danger” alias “Dead on Course,” with Zachary Scott, Robert Beatty, Naomi Chance, Kay Kendall, Colin Tapley, Arthur Lane, Harold Lang and Diane Cilento. The screenplay was by John Gilling, from the novel by Elleston Trevor and Packham Webb. Music was by Malcolm Arnold, photography by Walter Harvey and art direction by Andrew Mazzei. The movie was directed by Terence Fisher.
It is available from VCI Entertainment on Volume 2 of the Hammer Film Noir Collector’s Set for $20.99.
What caught my interest in this movie is this gentleman.
According to IMDB, this is Ian Fleming in a small, uncredited role. But I must say, he looks nothing like Ian Fleming the novelist. Oops. This is OTHER Ian Fleming. Earl Boebert has corrected me. Thanks!
Naomi Chance, Zachary Scott and Other Ian Fleming in “Wings of Danger.”
Here’s a better look at Other Ian Fleming.
Another view of Other Ian Fleming.
For Monday, we have a mystery gent with a cigar. Please notice that he is not chomping the cigar, perhaps the only time in the history of journalism that a cigar has not been chomped.
Several people guessed Gordon Jackson. A good guess. But this is Arthur Lane.
Note: The mystery photos will be on hiatus next week while the physical plant repairs the pneumatic tubes in the Daily Mirror city room. The tubes have been making an odd whistling sound when one of the flaps fails to close, driving the staff crazy.
For Tuesday, we have a mystery woman ….
This chatty woman is Courtney Hope.
… and Google image search will be no help whatsoever. (Cary Grant… Chaplin … Bela Lugosi … Gary Cooper … James Mason … Johnny Depp… David Geffen … seriously?)
And for Wednesday, we have this mystery gent.
This is Harold Lang as Snell the annoying blackmailer.
Brain Trust roll call: Megan gets the era and country of origin.
For Thursday, we have a mystery woman.
This is Diane Cilento, who was married to Sean Connery. I thought it would be amusing to have two James Bond connections in a mystery film. But it was not to be.
Brain Trust roll call: Mary Mallory (mystery movie’s country of origin), Mike Hawks (mystery movie’s country of origin), Gary Martin (mystery movie’s country of origin and era) and Howard Mandelbaum (Wednesday’s mystery actor).
Fear not, tomorrow everyone will recognize our mystery leading man.
And for Friday, our mystery leading man has a mystery companion.
Update: Zachary Scott and Kay Kendall.
Brain Trust roll call: Howard Mandelbaum (mystery movie, Tuesday’s mystery woman and Thursday’s mystery woman) and Victor H. Brown (Wednesday’s mystery gent, mystery movie’s country of origin).