Test pilot John Mitchell (Jack Hawkins) disappoints his wife Mary (Elizabeth Sellars) by refusing to increase their unsuccessful bid for a house.
What she does not know is that the aircraft manufacturing company he works for is in desperate financial straits!
Owner Reginald Conway (Walter Fitzgerald) needs to convince Ashmore (Eddie Byrne) to place an order soon or the firm will go bankrupt. Mitchell takes the only prototype of a new airplane for a flight, with Ashmore and several others aboard. During testing, one engine catches fire.
Ashmore and the other’s parachute to safety. Mitchell is able to extinguish the fire by diving the airplane but loses half of his aileron control in the process. Then, despite Conway’s order and the urgings of others, he decides to try to land the airplane rather than crash it into the sea. However, he has to fly back and forth for half an hour to use up fuel, shifting the centre of gravity in the aircraft away from the dead engine to make the landing more feasible. Ashmore is convinced of the aircraft’s value by its performance in the dive and expresses confidence in Mitchell’s ability to land it.
During the tense wait, after all the others have rejected the idea as serving no purpose, office worker Mrs. Snowden (Megs Jenkins) takes it upon herself to notify Mitchell’s wife by phone, anyway. Mary goes to the airfield and watches as her husband manages to land safely. Later, at home, she demands to know why he risked his life when everyone told him to bail out.
He explains that while he felt it was his duty with the company’s fate hanging in the balance, he took the risk out of love and concern for the welfare of his family. Then he phones the estate agent and agrees to the seller’s price of the house mentioned earlier.
The Man In The Sky Video
Released : January 1957 (United Kingdom) – Director : Charles Crichton – Production Company : Ealing Films.
Much of the filming of The Man in the Sky was done at Pendeford airfield near Wolverhampton in the UK. The aircraft portraying the “Wolverhampton Freighter” was Bristol 170 Wayfarer Mk. IIA G-AIFV of Silver City Airways, a type that had actually been flying since 1946 – SOURCE : WikiPedia