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Release Date:
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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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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17 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
All For An Aero Stabilizer, 6 February 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Unless you consider Gene Autry a major mainstream film star, I can't think of another major star besides John Wayne who did movie serials. The Duke did three of them and back then I'm sure he was grateful for the work. The first of them was The Shadow of the Eagle.

Wayne is a stunt flier for a carnival owned by former World War I ace Edward Hearn and daughter Dorothy Gulliver. Back in the war he was shot down and presumed killed. His fellow squadron members where Hearn was known as the Eagle, took the plans for something called an Aero Stabilizer and are building a factory, wouldn't you know it across the street.

But one of these dudes is looking to cut the others out and starts sending threatening messages to the others with sky writing of all things in the name of the Eagle. Talk about telegraphing your punches.

In the manner of serials, Wayne, the daughter, the Eagle, all get in trouble and rescued over and over until the real culprit and the gimmick with the sky writing is unmasked.

I'm told by the way the technology the bad guy uses for his sky writing is certainly available now, but wasn't quite perfected in 1932. What was it, that you have to sit through the serial to find out.

Serials were so frighteningly dumb back in the day. John Wayne must have shuddered if you ever mentioned this one at least.

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