This moderately effective rescue pic has John Wayne & his airplane crew downed in frozen Nowheresville as various teams of aviators go out looking for them. Ernest Gann’s script gives all of the juicy character stuff to the rescue squads which leaves us stuck for long periods of screen time with the rather colorless core group. Well, colorless except for Wayne, who’s very good here. He even gets to say "sitting on your tukcus," surely his one & only Yiddish utterance. William Wellman’s films hardly ever meet your expectations, but in this one a big cast filled with unlikely suspects (Andy Devine, James Arness, Carl ‘Alfalfa’ Switzer) turn in some tasty perfs and hold your attention.
Insider Fun: Listen as Leonard Maltin shills like mad in the intro, then look up his less than glowing original squib.