Weather and navigation information desk

Iris Burgers

The 1954 Honolulu airport in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY (William A. Wellman, 1954) was a happy place. It has a stereotypical idea of Hawaii written all over it. It is very light, almost sunny with a bamboo interior and flowers everywhere. The facilities are minimal, a small bar and a quirky souvenir shop that sells gifts and Flower Leis. It’s also very small, with just one check-in counter. The small scale leads to the fact that passengers are treated as people, not as anonymous passengers. This airport does not imply danger neither does it feel as a non-place; it almost looks as a postcard for 1950s Hawaii. This image suited the developments of that time. During the fifties, aviation had become accessible to more people. Airlines advertised their services and promoted the luxury of flying. Airports were the gateways to the rest of the world. They were places where adventure began. This is well reflected in THE HIGH AND THE MIGHTY. (source: paper 'Transient Glamour' for the Liverpool conference 'City in Film'. Iris Burgers)

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Dropping passengers off past customs

All About Eve airport scene

1950

Dropping passengers off - customs

1950

Seeing passengers off past gate

1950

Dropping passengers off past customs

1950

A goodbye on the tarmac

1950

The implied Casablanca airport

Casablanca 1942

One of the most memorable and glamorous airport scenes is the goodbye between Rick [Humphrey Bogart] and Ilsa [Ingrid Bergman] in CASABLANCA (Michael Curtiz, 1942). Interestingly though, this scene reveals hardly anything of the airport. Mist, shadows and repetitive lights imply a runway. The scene does not revolve around the airport, but is about the emotions played out between two characters to which the airport as a location adds some depth. A few strategic shots of starting propellers, runway lights and a shot of a hangar when the plane takes off, give enough visual information to make the location as an airport believable. (source: paper 'Transient Glamour' for the Liverpool conference 'City in Film'. Iris Burgers)

1942

Goodbye on the tarmac

Casablanca 1942

1942

Strategic shot of propellors 1

Casablanca 1942

1942

Strategic shot of propellors 2

Casablanca 1942

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The implied Casablanca airport

Casablanca 1942

1942

The implied Casablanca airport

Casablanca 1942

1942

Car on the tarmac

Casablanca 1942

1942

The implied Casablanca airport

Casablanca 1942

1942

The implied Casablanca airport

Casablanca 1942

1942

Casablanca airport scene

1942

Parked airplane on the tarmac

The High and The Mighty (1954). Pilot John Wayne checks his airplane.

1954

Airport lounge with bar

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Airport terminal Honolulu

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Airport terminal Honolulu

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Gifts store Honolulu airport

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Passengers waiting Honolulu airport

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Weather and navigation information desk

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Passengers waiting for boarding on tarmac

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954

Airplane on taxiway

The High and The Mighty (1954)

1954