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1 February 1932 (USA) See more »
A CRASHING Adventure Serial! (1949 re-release poster)
The Eagle uses sky writing to make threats against a corporation. Nathan Gregory owns a traveling fairground and is thought to be the Eagle. Craig McCoy is a pilot who goes looking for the Eagle when Gregory turns up missing. | Add synopsis »
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Very low quality early John Wayne serial See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

John Wayne ... Craig McCoy
Dorothy Gulliver ... Jean Gregory

Walter Miller ... Danby
Kenneth Harlan ... Ward
Richard Tucker ... Major Evans
Pat O'Malley ... Ames
Edmund Burns ... Clark

Yakima Canutt ... Boyle

Roy D'Arcy ... Gardner
Billy West ... Bob the Clown
Edward Hearn ... Colonel Nathan Gregory
Lloyd Whitlock ... Green
'Little Billy' Rhodes ... The Midget (as Little Billy)
Ivan Linow ... Henie the Strong Man
James Bradbury Jr. ... Henry the Ventriloquist
Ernie Adams ... Pat Kelly (as Ernie S. Adams)
Bud Osborne ... Tim Moore
Monte Montague ... Callahan (as Monty Montague)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Murdock MacQuarrie ... Frang the Watchman (uncredited)

Directed by
Ford Beebe 
B. Reeves Eason (uncredited)
Writing credits
Ford Beebe (story) &
Colbert Clark (story) &
Wyndham Gittens (story)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline  (as Ben Kline)
Victor Scheurich 
Film Editing by
Wyndham Gittens 
Ray Snyder 
Sound Department
George Lowerre .... sound recording engineer
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wyndham Gittens .... supervising editor
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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218 min (12 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Portugal:M/12 | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Chapter Titles: - 1. The Carnival Mystery - 2. Pinholes - 3. The Eagle Strikes - 4. The Man of a Million Voices - 5. The Telephone Cipher - 6. Code of the Carnival - 7. Eagle or Vulture? - 8. On the Spot - 9. When Thieves Fall Out - 10.The Man Who Knew - 11.The Eagle's Wings - 12.The Shadow UnmaskedSee more »
The Midget:Who are you callin little boy, ya big palooka?See more »
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Very low quality early John Wayne serial, 16 April 2014
Author: SimonJack from United States

Others have mentioned the old movie serials. The cover on my Alpha Video DVD claims that "The Shadow of the Eagle" is "The Complete Serial." But one part is missing in the early series, and it ends with episode 11 -- but not the end of the story. So, I have no idea how it comes out.

"The Shadow of the Eagle" is an early John Wayne series. It was a stunt man's show, with lots of action and running about. The Duke's acting is OK and very good in places. We can't say that for most of the rest of the cast – especially not Dorothy Gulliver. She has several close-ups in which she has hammy glares at the camera. Was she still acting for silent films?

The attempt to show sky-writing is pathetic. An airplane in the sky making 90-degree and 180-degree turns in just a few feet? It looked exactly like what it was – a toy model. I'm sure they could have done something to seem a little more real. By 1932, many people would have seen skywriting at daredevil shows, air shows, county fairs and other events held around the country. So, this probably would have looked just as hokey to audiences then, as it does today.

Although the plot was interesting, with just enough intrigue to keep one watching – hoping to see the end, it soon reached the point of tedium. The action scenes were repeated car chases, repeated climbing up and down outside buildings, and repeated breaking into the same offices. John Wayne must have had a permanent concussion from this one – I think he got conked out at least once in each segment.

The segments were of varied lengths. The shortest was less than 10 minutes and a couple early ones were half an hour or more. Each one ran the full credits at the beginning. But there was very little continuity between episodes. They tended to skip some details where the next episode would open somewhere off from where the previous one ended.

This Mascot production clearly shows its poverty row origins. It has very poor writing, editing and other production values; and the film quality relegates this one to the dust bin.

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