Just an extraordinary day in the life airport general manager Burt Lancaster. If things weren't already bad enough with his socialite wife pestering the fark out of him nonstop and one of his senior pilot's (Dean Martin) giving him grief over a runway, he now has to deal with "the worst storm in 6 years", a moron pilot who shut down a runway by getting his plane stuck in the snow, an elderly stowaway passenger, a horny co-worker, his boss threatening to fire him and a madman with a bomb!
I am a little dumbfounded as to how Helen Hayes actually won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. I thought she was the weak point of the movie and her selfish, fuck everybody character was annoying. Oh well, it's still worth watching. That said I don't think a lot of people give Dean Martin enough credit for his acting abilities. He was riveting in RIO BRAVO and hold his own here toe-to-toe with Burt Lancaster.
Lloyd Nolan who you might remember from a bunch of movies. Everything from KING OF ALCATRAZ and BATAAN to EARTHQUAKE and one of my favorite movies ever: HANNAH AND HER SISTERS.
Poor Burt Lancaster having to listen to George Kennedy make out on the phone.
The great Maureen Stapleton. To see her at her best watch INTERIORS.
Look at the size of that fucking pager!!!
Yeah, that'll help.
That ol' Van Heflin smile.