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Tailspin Tommy (1934)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Crime | 29 October 1934 (USA)
A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.


(as Louis Friedlander)


(adapted from the newspaper strip), (screenplay) | 3 more credits »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Smith
Mr. Grant - Film Director of 'Midnight Patrol', Chs. 10-12
Belle Daube ...
Mrs. Martha Tompkins, Tommy's Mother - Chs. 1, 12
Wade 'Tiger' Taggart
Harrison Greene ...
Air Circus Announcer [Ch. 2]
Lew Kelly ...
Victor Martin - Three Point Airport Dispatcher
Eric Peabody [Chs. 3-5]
Deacon Grimes [Chs. 1,12]
Bart Dirk, Henchman


A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hal Forrest's great cartoon heroes on the screen in a screaming serial of the skyways!...Breathless excitement awaits you. Come! TWELVE TERRIFIC EPISODES!


Action | Drama | Crime


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Release Date:

29 October 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Tommy, o anemostrovilos  »

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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first of two Universal Pictures serials and four Monogram Pictures feature films based on Hal Forrest's syndicated comic strip. See more »


Chapter nine: During the earthquake sequence when Tommy, Skeeter and Betty are escaping from the hotel, Betty is in the forefront with a hat on, but when Tommy and Skeeter reach her, she has no hat. See more »


Followed by Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery (1935) See more »

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One Of My Favorites as a child
14 May 2014 | by See all my reviews

I am very impressed finding this review of Tailspin Tommy. I have stumped many people with my knowledge of old serials. Most you mentioned I actually watched on TV " 6 Inch" WPIX CH 11 in New York, and or listened too on the Radio. Didn't they also do JACK Armstrong, All American boy??

What about The Whistler? The Shadow Knows? Didn't they also have those or was that another company?

You have brought back many memories, I would sit in my Landlords house and Listen to the Radio to all the Serials you mention and more with my childhood friend, Joe Abbenda, "Later Mr. America, & Mr. Universe" Joe and I still keep in touch and I cannot wait to tell him about this website. Going to the Movies on Saturday brought 12 Cartoons, 2 feature Films and 3 or 4 Serials for .35 cents. Later .50 cents, we would go in at 11AM and our folks would pick us up at 5:30 PM.

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