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Ford Beebe (story) &
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (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 »
Miscellaneous: The long shot of the scene depicting John Wayne as Craig and RoyD'Arcy as Gardener are clearly shot with the men on a merry-go-round, but the closeups of both men are mismatches and none of the bars and struts of the ride can be seen since both actors are clearly on the ground and not moving.See more »
Henie the Strong Man:[backing accidently into the midget] Hey, get out under my feet, you little squirt!
The Midget:Don't get persomal, you big palooka! It's guys like you that make guys like me hate guys like you.
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
DVD Productions of this film, 22 May 2011
Author: MHKfilm from United States

While this is not John Wayne's finest movie, or even his finest serial, for fans of the cliffhanger it delivers plenty of action and pretty good acting.

The main point of this review is to caution you about differences in the two DVD releases, both essentially from the same starting print. Decisions taken by the two different DVD production companies make all the difference in whether you enjoy this film or feel cheated. The two companies are Marengo Films and Platinum Disc.

I first purchased the Marengo print and was so wholly unsatisfied with the editing and production that I went looking for another. I finally found it from a company named Platinum Discs.

The Marengo release chops 5 seconds off the end of the film, leaving out completely John Wayne's closing scene. Also, the text that Marengo substituted for the studio's "The End" text is huge, blocky and computer generated. In short, Marengo has butchered the film for the sake of reducing the total number of VOBs needed to hold the DVD film image.

The Platinum Disc release is the entire original film, not a single frame, more or less. My only disappointment with this version is they appear to have made no effort to clean up dust and scratches.

The irony is that the Marengo print does have slightly more detail and better scratch and dust cleanup, however not enough, IMHO, to compensate for altering the original edit.

Review written May 22, 2011 based on latest available releases from Marengo and Platinum.

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