CLASSIC MOVIES WORTH YOUR TIME

The Night My Number Came Up (1955)

At a fashionable dinner party in Hong Kong, a Naval officer is coaxed into revealing details of a dream in which eight people take off in a Dakota [aircraft] bound for Tokyo, Japan and crash in the Japanese mountains. Amongst those listening [are] Air Marshal Hardie (Sir Michael Redgrave) [and Owen Robertson (Alexander Knox)], who [are] due to fly to Tokyo the next day.

[They] initially dismiss the dream because [they are] scheduled to fly out in a Liberator [aircraft], but as [they arrive] at the airport, [they discover] that the Liberator has developed mechanical problems and has been replaced by a Dakota.

When, just before the flight is due to depart, two soldiers board the plane making a complement of eight, [the fear grows] that the dream may be coming true, and [they are] destined to die.

Dave Jenkins via IMDB (slightly edited by me)

You'll enjoy The Night My Number Came Up if you like psychological and supernatural shows like The Twilight Zone. This film feels like an extended Twilight Zone episode even though it pre-dates the television show by four years.

Film critic Leonard Maltin said this movie is a "first-rate suspense film [that] will have you holding your breath as it recounts [the] tale of routine military flight, the fate of which may or may not depend on a prophetic dream."

While Michael Redgrave is the headline actor, Alexander Knox plays Owen Robertson, the character most affected and disturbed by the dream potentially coming true. His acting throughout the movie, from his hosting of the dinner party to his unraveling aboard the flight, is memorable. In addition, if you're a fan of Indiana Jones, you'll easily spot Denholm Elliott playing a young Flight Lieutenant.

What makes this movie suspenseful is watching as each character throughout the story learns of the prophetic dream and, in their way, accepts or doesn't accept fate.

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