Airplane’s homage to Zero Hour revealed

Airplane! side by side with original 50s flick
[Via Boing Boing]

Neatorama points us to an interesting factoid about the movie Airplane! — it’s essentially a remake of a 50s flick called Zero Hour!. You can see some side by side comparisons in the video above.


I had heard about that Airplane! was based on an old movie called Zero Hour but experiencing the side by side makes you realize how much of the original dialogue was carried over. Simple adding the right phrasing changed it from banal words to really funny dialogue.

What is amazing is how many of the set pieces (Jimmy, Have you ever been in a cockpit before? Looks like I picked a bad day to give up smoking.) were all in the original movie.

Airplane! is almost like a colorized, Fractured Flickers version of the original. We would know for certain if Hans Conreid had been around.