Fun Fact of the Day: A lesser-known fact about the well-known disaster film spoof Airplane! is that it is actually a near-shot-for-shot parody of 1957’s Zero Hour!. The story goes that Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams, and David Zucker accidentally stumbled upon the Arthur Hailey-penned thriller while looking for commercials to spoof.
A helpful YouTuber named flipflomas lovingly stitched together a number of Zero Hour! scenes and their subsequent Airplane! offshoots.