Sunday Seconds with the Duke

The High and the Mighty (1954)

Episode #41

Warner Bros released The High and the Mighty to theaters on July 3, 1954. William A. Wellman directed the film starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Laraine Day.

‘The High and the Mighty’ Movie Summary

The High and the Mighty starts in Honolulu, Hawaii where a DC-4 prepares to take off for San Francisco with 17 passengers aboard.

The crew of five is comprised of Captain John Sullivan, who secretly fears the responsibility of keeping passengers and his crew safe while in the air. The plane’s first officer, Dan Roman, still has trouble from a crash that killed his wife and son and left him with a permanent limp. There’s also a wet-behind-the-ears second officer named Hobie Wheeler, a veteran navigator Lenny Wilby, and a stewardess named Miss Spalding.

The passengers have their troubles too. May Holst is a cynical former actress. Lydia Rice is a rich heiress in a loveless marriage. Sally McKee is a past-her-prime ex-beauty queen. Also on board is a happy vacationer named Ed Joseph, the terminally ill Frank Briscoe, and a last minute arrival named Humphrey Agnew whose odd behavior concerns the crew.

read full summary


This podcast is intended for entertainment and information purposes only. All original content of this podcast is the intellectual property of Sunday Seconds with the Duke, The MHM Podcast Network, and Fuzzy Bunny Slippers Entertainment LLC unless otherwise noted. The theme song for Sunday Seconds with the Duke, Guts and Bourbon, is brought to you by Kevin MacLeod at under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

This post contains affiliate links that will take you to and/or the iTunes Store. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Advertisers and Affiliate partnerships do not influence our content. For more information, please read our Terms of Use about the inclusion of affiliate links on this site.

MHM's Rating

Our Rating

Our Rating

Warner Bros released The High and the Mighty to theaters on July 3, 1954. William A. Wellman directs the film which stars John Wayne, Claire Trevor, and Laraine Day.

User Rating: 2.75 ( 1 votes)
Show More


  1. I agree about how unusual it seems now regarding security issues given we’re living in a post 9/11 world. I can tell you an experience I had in 1982 going to a movie in London where my handbag (purse) was checked for bombs/weapons before going in. It was at the time when the IRA was bombing venues in the UK – so there you go – it was very surreal for an Australian where we lived in ignorant bliss!

    1. I find it interesting to watch any film pre 9/11 where you see airport security, and only then do you realize how much it’s changed here; not sure about how much it changed there for you all.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker