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Ace Drummond (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Action | 19 October 1936 (USA)
This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker. Ace is a 'G-Man of the sky' working out of Washington D.C. He is sent to Mongolia to... See full summary »

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Ace Drummond (as John King)
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Peggy Trainor
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Jerry
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The Grand Lama
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Henchman Ivan
Jackie Morrow ...
Billy Meredith
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Winston
James B. Leong ...
Henry Kee [Chs. 1-11] (as James Leong)
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Kai-Chek
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Chang-Ho The Dragon
James Eagles ...
Johnny Wong, Radio Operator
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Dr. Trainor (as Montague Shaw)
Frederick Vogeding ...
Bauer [Chs. 1-6] (as Fredrik Vogeding)
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Paul Wyckoff
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This 13 chapter serial is based on the comic strip character Ace Drummond created by Eddie Rickenbacker. Ace is a 'G-Man of the sky' working out of Washington D.C. He is sent to Mongolia to find out why a mysterious villain known only as 'The Dragon' is trying to prevent the newly formed International Airways from setting up an airport there. Ace meets Peggy Trainor (Jean Rogers) who is searching for her archaeologist father who has disappeared. Together they search for answers to the puzzles. Written by Bob Trapp <bob.trapp@daf.com>

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Amazing exploits in the sky!

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19 October 1936 (USA)  »

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(13 episodes)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Lon Chaney Jr's first film for Universal. The following decade he would achieve everlasting fame with the studio due to his horror roles. See more »

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In Chapter 13 finale, when the Ace crashes his International Airways plane after being "shot", he commanders a second plane out of the International Airways hangar which is dark and has no International Airways, or any other, logo. In the next scene Ace is climbing into a white International Airways plane and flys off. See more »

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Give Me a Ship and a Song
Written by Kay Kellogg
Sung by John 'Dusty' King
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The Singing G-Man of the Air!
22 December 2004 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Ace Drummond" is a 13 Chapter serial based on the popular comic strip of the day written by U.S. WW1 ace Eddie Rickenbacker.

The story takes place in Mongolia where International Airlines is attempting to establish a link to the orient. A criminal mastermind known as "The Dragon" is attempting to stop the airline. It seems that an archaeologist, Dr. Trainor (Montague Shaw) has discovered a mountain rich in jade and "The Dragon" feels that an international presence would foil his desire to gain control of the treasure.

"The Dragon" has developed a remote controlled "death ray" by which he brings down the International Airways planes. To the rescue comes Ace Drummond (John King) the "Flying G-Man of the Air", who it seems has a habit of bursting into song at every opportunity. A tip of the hat to the "singing cowboy" westerns, popular at the time.

Dr. Trainor is being held by "The Dragon's" men who are trying to force him to tell the location of the mountain of jade. Aiding Ace in his task of destroying the villains are Trainor's daughter Peggy (Jean Rogers), his pal Jerry (Noah Beery Jr.) and the requisite juvenile lead "Little Billy" (Jackie Morrow). Drummond also receives assistance from "The Holy One" (Guy Bates Post) and his monastery.

"The Dragon's" henchmen include such "orientals" as veterans Lon Chaney Jr., Edmund Cobb and Dick Wessel. The identity of "The Dragon" is of course, kept secret until the final chapter but suspicion falls upon members of International Airlines Board of Directors (Robert Warwick, Sam Ash, James Leong, Hooper Ashley, Selmer Jackson) and a couple of sinister archaeologist's Bauer (Fredrick Vogeding) and Wyckoff (Al Bridge) throughout the story.

Directors Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith keep the action moving and the chapter ending cliffhangers if unlikely, are at least believable. There is one instance though where Ace and Jerry are trapped in a cave-in with no way out only to have Ace turn up at the monastery in the next scene with his escape from the cave-in left unexplained.

There are some great flying sequences, whether taken from stock footage or not, that are quite well done. Love to see those vintage planes in action.

John King is probably best remembered as John "Dusty" King in the Range Buster western series from the early 40s. He also bears more than a passing resemblance to McLean Stevenson (of TV's M*A*S*H).

Jean Rogers is better known as "Dale Arden" in the first two "Flash Gordon" serials.

Noah Beery Jr. was only in his early 20s when this picture was made. He of course is the son of Noah Beery Sr. who was a popular villain of the 20s and 30s and the nephew of Wallace Beery. Beery Jr. enjoyed a long career in western character parts ending up on TV's "The Rockford Files" in the 70s.

Lon Chaney Jr. was still serving his apprenticeship in "B" movies and serials and was still five years away from his signature role as Universal's "The Wolfman (1941)".

Good entertainment.


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