A cocky young pilot, at the urging of his girlfriend, takes a nice, "safe" job at the bank where her father is president.


(as Lew Collins)


(story) (as Paul Franklin), (screenplay) (as Albert E. DeMond)


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Cast overview:
Ray Walker ...
Robert 'Flash' Norris
Kathryn Crawford ...
Lila Beaumont
Arthur Vinton ...
John Hamilton
Claude Gillingwater ...
John Beaumont
Lucien Littlefield ...
Tom Dugan ...
Tug (as Tommy Dugan)
Jed Prouty ...
Calvin Baker
Alice Lake ...
Jack Pennick ...
George Taylor (as George Hayes)
Jack Kennedy ...
Police Desk Sergeant


A cocky young pilot, at the urging of his girlfriend, takes a nice, "safe" job at the bank where her father is president.

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Drama






Release Date:

30 August 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Skyways  »

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Sound Mix:

(Balsley and Phillips Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Great for aged biplane buffs
11 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This one wore surprisingly well. It starts off in a fairground with an aeroplane ride in which the cockpit can rotate in all directions and which would never meet today's health and safety standards. The character in it is a rather unpleasantly aggressive barnstorming pilot, who having knocked down two people who get in his way, is dragged off to the police court. The case in front of his is a rich young girl being done for doing 80mph in a 20mph zone. She gets bail; he talks his way into being acquitted, at the same time being rude and abusive to the girl. A couple of weeks later they are going steady and agree to marry. Her father owns a bank, and not wishing to have a pilot son-in-law, gives him a job - the fade from tapping his fingers saying he will never work in a bank to tapping his fingers on a plus adder was cleverly done. His manager, realising he will never learn banking, desperately tries to get him promoted, but it's always into a job in his command. Still fretting to fly, the ex-pilot tries to persuade the bank to invest in his old employer's project to use amphibians to collect mail from incoming ships and bring it to land more quickly than waiting for the ship to dock. The bank, however, doesn't do aeroplanes, so our hero flounces out, and tries to help his old employed to raise the money from other sources. Then the bank's vice president agrees to go to South America to investigate some under-performing bonds just as the auditors are about to come in. On the way to the boat, he calls in at the airfield and deposits ten grand of his own money into the mail project, which our hero deposits in another bank. It then appears that ten grand is missing from the bank, and guess who is the first suspect! However, it is quickly discovered that even more money is missing, and the finger of suspicion turns to the VP, now on a boat with his floozy, who wants to go to the fleshpots of Shanghai, probably a stupid place to go at the time! In order to clear his name, our hero has to get the VP back, so rushes down to the airfield, grabs an amphibian and flies out to the ship and pretends to crash land. The ship stops and picks him up, but the captain, not unnaturally refuses to hand over a passenger without proper authority. Our pugnacious pilot then knocks the VP out, tips him overboard, pulls him into the plane, and flies back to justice. Everybody is waiting for him at the airfield, where he dumps the thief, changes planes and flies off to Yuma(?) for a quickie wedding with his girl. Lots of splendid (unidentified) biplanes which gaily fly around with no evidence of any air traffic control. Gabby Hayes had a bit part, but I didn't recognise him.

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