- Dec 3, 2001
Really enjoyed the movie but wondered what the head honcho meant at the end when he said "so long you ancient Pelican " Was that a good thing or bad ??? I know its a stupid question but....
Vavso said:wondered what the head honcho meant at the end when he said "so long you ancient Pelican " Was that a good thing or bad ???
PHX767 said:No, it was a sign of respect.
Really cool movie, finally saw it on Friday. Very melodramatic, but it was filmed in 1954 I believe.
Some trivia: The radio operator on the ship is the same actor that plays the hotel manager in the movie Rio Bravo. Funny how the same faces keep showing up in John Wayne movies. DVD of the movie soon out for sale. I'm getting it!
pilotyip said:The man making the "So long..." statement was probably portraying Songinger (sp.?) who was the ops manager at the real airline where Gann worked. That airline was Maston Air that flew DC-4’s on that route. Songinger and Gann worked together at American Airlines; Songinger talked Gann into giving up his AAL seniority number to come to work at Matson. Gann was probably portraying himself in John Wayne, read “Hostage to Fortune” and Faith is the Hunter” you will see the story of the High and the Mighty develop.