Disaster (1948)

Genres - Action, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Disaster Film  |   Run Time - 60 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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It's always a risky venture to give a film a title like Disaster (certain critics, like certain vultures, just can't wait to pounce), but the Pine-Thomas unit at Paramount seldom lost money. The unit's favorite leading man Richard Arlen isn't around this time, so another Richard, Denning by name, is cast as the hero. A fugitive from justice, Denning takes a dangerous job at a construction site. He is threatened with arrest, but all is forgiven when he saves the life of his boss (Will Wright). The rescue takes place in a high-rise building that's been hit by a plane, in emulation of the real-life Empire State Building tragedy of 1945. Trudy Marshall (the mother of current film and TV actress Deborah Raffin) plays the boss' daughter, who's in love with guess-who?

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building, collapse, employer/employee, boss [employer], career, construction, crash, honor [recognition], love, redemption, rescue