Air Hawks (1935)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Mystery  |  7 May 1935 (USA)
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A mysterious ray that immobilizes all motors and engines threatens the security of the country.


(as Albert Rogell)


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Complete credited cast:
Wiley Post ...
Victor Arnold (as Douglas Dumbrille)
Robert Allen ...
Billie Seward ...
Victor Kilian ...
Robert Middlemass ...
Geneva Mitchell ...
Gertie Dunlap
Wyrley Birch ...
Mr. Holden


Filmed a few months before and playing in theatres when Wiley Post and Will Rogers were killed in a plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska in August, 1935: Barry Eldon is the owner of an airline company that is competing with a rival company for a lucrative air-mail contract with the government. While the other company is bigger and more profitable than Barry's line, the rival owner has hired a scientist that has perfected a ray-machine that will cause airplanes that its ray is directed at to lose their engine power and crash. Thed government and the public are losing faith in Eldon's line before he, aided by Renee Dupont, can find out what is causing his airplanes to crash. (Wiley Post flys through on a cross-country stratosphere flight.) Written by Les Adams <>

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Super-flyer of the Stratsophere...defied the skies and made aviation history! (original ad)


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Release Date:

7 May 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Air Fury  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Working title: "Air Fury" See more »


In the scene where Ralph Bellamy pushes the broken down taxi from the drive the shadow of the mic can be seen on the roof of the taxi in the dialogue which follows. See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
(1886) (uncredited)
Music and Lyrics by Effie I. Canning
Played by Tiny's cigarette case three times
Also sung by Victor Kilian with modified lyrics
Played in the score at the end
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27 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Air Hawks (1935)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Really weird Columbia "B" picture about a small, independent airline company, ran by Ralph Bellamy, who are competing for a contract against a major company. The major company fears they're going to lose the contract so they hire a mad scientist (an uncredited Edward Van Sloan) to build a death ray so they can shoot down the rivals planes. The business and romance side of this film are certainly routine but the sci-fi/horror elements are what really makes this film unique. Bellamy is good in his role bringing his usual charm to the screen but Van Sloan is downright over the top as the mad scientist but this brings a few laughs. I'm somewhat shocked this film got past the code back in the day since some of the violence, which includes pilots burning and crashing their planes, is pretty strong. Another interesting note is that real life pilot Wiley Post has a role here and we would die in a real crash soon after with Will Rogers.

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