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Crack-Up (1936)

Approved | | Drama | 14 December 1936 (USA)
Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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Colonel Gimpy
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Ace Martin
Helen Wood ...
Ruth Franklin
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John R. Fleming
Thomas Beck ...
Joe Randall
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Mrs. Fleming
Lester Matthews ...
Sidney Grant
Earle Foxe ...
Operative #30
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Operative #77
Gloria Roy ...
Operative #16
Oscar Apfel ...
Alfred Knuxton
Paul Stanton ...
Daniel D. Harrington
Howard C. Hickman ...
Major White
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Colonel Gimpy heads a spy organization trying to get the plans for a new airplane. Test pilot Ace Martin agrees to help.

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14 December 1936 (USA)  »

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Demoni vazduha  »

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The poem quoted by Colonel Gimpy aboard the plane is from "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" by Lord Byron. See more »

Quotes

Colonel Gimpy: Good morning.
Operative #77: Good morning, Baron. I didn't know you were in America.
Colonel Gimpy: I've been here many months. I came over here on a very important mission. So important that if I fail, they would expect me to...
[mimics shooting himself]
Colonel Gimpy: ..."resign".
[smiles]
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Top Gallante
Music by Harry Akst
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Prelude to War

Surprisingly good, low-budget little espionage thriller, told in 70 minutes (so you don't have much time to question the accuracy of the plot), with good performances by all, including Peter Lorre and J. Carrol Naish in subtle characterizations, and Thomas Beck in a major role. The plot concerning a German conspiracy to steal the blueprints of a new American airplane is centered around four male characters (Lorre, Beck, Brian Donlevy and Ralph Morgan) who end up together in a dangerous flight over the Atlantic. The fast dramatic events include ruthless killings and a plane crash, all unknowingly leading to II World War.


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