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Actually, the Jimmy Stewart movie featured a turbo-prop airplane.
At the time the Comet was designed, so little was known about the stresses of repeated pressurization cycles, etc. I also wonder if the vibration and stress caused by the high speed rotation of turbines was fully understood,and compensated for. If not, embedding them in the wing at the juncture with the fuselage was probably a mistake.
I worked for an American division of British Aerospace (which had absorbed de Havilland) late in my career. I sat through an interesting conversation between a veteran BAe Executive and the Chief Test Pilot of the commercial division, in which they lamented that the company had poured all of its resources into the Concorde rather than concentrating on commercially viable transports, as Boeing did with the 707 and 727.
Metal fatigue was not well understood then. The comet was designed with a good safety factor in the fuselage to withstand the pressurization, but they didn't know that repeated pressurization cycles would cause irreversible stresses in the skin resulting in cracks.