Five Came Back

Five Came Back (1939)

Four must die! One must choose!

star 6/10
From 14 Ratings


Twelve people are aboard Coast Air Line's flagship the Silver Queen enroute to South America when the airplane encounters a storm and is blown off course. Crashing into jungles known to be inhabited by head hunters, pilots Bill and Joe race against time to fix the engines and attempt a take off. The situation brings out the best and worst in the stranded dozen as they create a makeshift runway and prepare to escape before the natives attack. But damage to the plane and low fuel reserves means that only 5 people can be carried to safety.

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  • Chester Morris

    as Bill Brooks
  • Lucille Ball

    as Peggy Nolan
  • Wendy Barrie

    as Alice Melbourne
  • John Carradine

    as Mr. Crimp
  • Allen Jenkins

    as Peter 'Pete'
  • Joseph Calleia

    as Vasquez
  • C. Aubrey Smith

    as Professor Henry Spengler
  • Kent Taylor

    as Joe the Co-Pilot
  • Patric Knowles

    as Judson Ellis
  • Elisabeth Risdon

    as Martha Spengler
  • Casey Johnson

    as Tommy Mulvaney
  • Pedro de Cordoba

    as Latin Ambassador (uncredited)
  • Frank Faylen

    as Photographer (uncredited)
  • Bud Geary

    as Policeman (uncredited)
  • Charlie Hall

    as Airport Worker (uncredited)
  • Dick Hogan

    as Lawrence 'Larry' the Steward (uncredited)
  • Robert Homans

    as Police Captain (uncredited)
  • Selmer Jackson

    as Airlines Official (uncredited)
  • Tiny Jones

    as Flower Lady (uncredited)
  • Frank Mills

    as Taxi Driver (uncredited)
  • Pat O'Malley

    as Tommy's Father Michael 'Mike' Mulvaney (uncredited)
  • Ronald R. Rondell

    as Page with Package (uncredited)
Directing John Farrow Director
Writing Jerome Cady Screenplay
Writing Dalton Trumbo Screenplay
Writing Nathanael West Screenplay
Writing Richard Carroll Story
Camera Nicholas Musuraca Director of Photography
Sound George Parrish Orchestrator
Camera Joseph F. Biroc Camera Operator
Crew George Magrill Stunt Double
Crew Bud Geary Stunt Double
Crew Vernon L. Walker Special Effects
Directing Sam Ruman Assistant Director
Directing W. Argyle Nelson Assistant Director
Production Lee S. Marcus Production Executive
Costume & Make-Up Edward Stevenson Costume Designer
Art Van Nest Polglase Art Direction
Editing Harry Marker Editor
Sound Roy Webb Original Music Composer
Production Robert Sisk Producer
Sound John E. Tribby Sound Recordist