A professor invents a radium tube that makes internal combustion engines stop running. He and his invention are captured by a gang of robbers. A federal agent is sent to rescue him.




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Complete credited cast:
Tim Caverly
Natalie Brent
James P. Burtis ...
Henry Brownlee (as Jimmy Burtis)
Professor Brent
Dick Curtis ...
Henchman Charlie


A Professor has an invention that will bring down planes causing them to crash and Dawson is forcing him to use it on those carrying money. When Tim arrives to investigate he is mistaken for a noted outlaw. So he assumes that identity to force Dawson to make him a partner. But just as a plane bringing Tim help is arriving, his true identity is revealed and while he is a prisoner, Dawson forces the Professor to start his machine. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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3 August 1936 (USA)  »

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The aircraft shown to be taking the team of government agents to Tim's assistance is a single-engine monoplane. However, the aircraft shown to be landing minutes later is a tri-motor transport. See more »


Version of Sky Bandits (1940) See more »


Music by Victor Alix and Léo Pouget
Sam Fox Publ Co.
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Science Fiction Meets the Western
26 October 2015 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Ghost Patrol (1936)

** (out of 4)

Airplanes begin falling from the sky so a Depertment of Justice worker (Tim McCoy) begins to investigate. Before long he uncovers a group of people using a death ray machine to bring the planes down.

GHOST PATROL often gets credited for being in the Western genre that mixes in horror elements. There aren't any ghosts on display and the film really isn't horror but it does fall into the science fiction field as the story itself is rather ambitious or at least a lot more interesting than you typical "C" Western from this era.

The film actually borrows heavily from the previous year's film AIR HAWKS from Columbia, which was about a mad scientist (Edward Van Sloan) using a ray to bring down planes. The setting here is obviously that of a Western but the story makes for a quick hour and there's no doubt that the story is interesting enough to keep you entertained.

McCoy certainly has no problem playing the hero and makes it look quite easy.

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