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Five Came Back (1939)





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A plane carrying twelve passengers crashes in a South American jungle. While working to repair the plane, they discover that it will only carry five back to safety. As the war drums of headhunters move closer, the passengers fight and deceive to be one of those who survive.


Lucille Ball
as Peggy Nolan
Wendy Barrie
as Alice Melhorne
C. Aubrey Smith
as Prof. Henry Spengler
Kent Taylor
as Joe Brooks
Patric Knowles
as Judson Ellis
Elizabeth Risdon
as Martha Spengler
Elisabeth Risdon
as Martha Spengler
Casey Johnson
as Tommy Mulvaney
Frank Faylen
as Press Photographer
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All Critics (4)

...watchable yet mostly forgettable...

September 24, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A prototypical B-movie adventure/thriller that rises above the shortcomings of its production values.

April 22, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

In many ways, the film can be seen as a precursor to the modern disaster flicks that had their heyday in the 1970s, and then another one in the '90s.

September 6, 2010 | Rating: 4/5

Snappily paced.

April 26, 2006 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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