Sadly, Diabolique is no longer available online. So we're turning to another on the long list of not yet seen salon choices.
While Ealing Studios best known for their enduring comedies, they also produced many other fine films. This supernatural thriller is based on a real incident in the life of British Air Marshal Sir Victor Goddard; his journal was published in The Saturday Evening Post of 26 May 1951. Directed by Leslie Norman (Dunkirk, The Avengers (tv)), screenplay by R. C. Sherriff (The Invisible Man, Goodbye, Mr. Chips), and starring Michael Redgrave (The Lady Vanishes), Sheila Sim (A Canterbury Tale), Denholm Elliott (Raiders of the Lost Ark)
(1955) At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong, a Naval officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight people take off from Bangkok, Thailand in a Dakota bound for Tokyo, Japan and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening is Air Marshal Hardie (Sir Michael Redgrave), who is due to fly to Tokyo the next day. Hardie initially dismisses the dream because he is scheduled to fly out in a Liberator, but as Hardie arrives at the airport, he discovers that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota. When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, Hardie fears that the dream may be coming true, and he is destined to die.
HOW TO VIEW: The film is available on Kanopy.com HERE.
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