Island in the Sky
Blending desolation and anguish with an invincible spirit, director William Wellman’s tense drama stars John Wayne as Capt. Dooley, a seasoned World War II transport pilot forced into an emergency landing in Labrador’s frosty wasteland. Dooley and his four crewmen, who are ill prepared for the situation, must combat the elements as they anxiously await rescue. Lloyd Nolan, James Arness and Andy Devine turn in first-rate supporting performances.
This movie deserves its standing as a classic film. It has high drama, some action, and suspense to boot. It also has the highly likable John Wayne in the lead role as Dooley, the pilot of the plane who remains loyal to his crew when the plane has to make an emergency landing. The crew must deal with frigid temperatures, a dwindling food supply and a race against time to be found.
The themes of friendship, loyalty and dealing with death are important themes the viewer will relate to. The film still holds up well today as it focuses on the characters. We gladly award this movie our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.