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Ghost Patrol
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Ghost Patrol -- 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...

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Writer:
Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 August 1936 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Brief western with scifi overtones is an okay way to spend an hour when you have nothing better to do See more (8 total) »

Cast

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Tim McCoy ... Tim Caverly
Claudia Dell ... Natalie Brent
Walter Miller ... Dawson
Wheeler Oakman ... Kincaid
James P. Burtis ... Henry Brownlee (as Jimmy Burtis)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Professor Brent
Dick Curtis ... Henchman Charlie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
May Beatty ... Landlady (uncredited)
C.V. Bussey ... Bill (uncredited)
Jack Casey ... Henchman Mac (uncredited)
Jack Cheatham ... Justice Agent (uncredited)
Art Dillard ... Henchman Shorty (uncredited)
John Webb Dillon ... Detective on Plane (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Henchman (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ... Justice Agent (uncredited)
Bruce Mitchell ... Justice Chief Anderson (uncredited)
Artie Ortego ... Henchman Ramon (uncredited)
Ted Stanhope ... Radio Operator (uncredited)

Slim Whitaker ... Henchman Frank (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Tim Toomey, Gunman in Los Angeles (uncredited)
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Directed by
Sam Newfield 
 
Writing credits
Wyndham Gittens (screenplay)

Produced by
Sigmund Neufeld .... producer (as Sig Neufeld)
Leslie Simmonds .... producer
 
Cinematography by
Jack Greenhalgh (photography)
 
Film Editing by
John English  (as Jack English)
 
Production Management
Bert Sternbach .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. O'Connor .... assistant director (as Bill O'Connor)
 
Sound Department
Hans Weeren .... sound recordist
 
Special Effects by
Ken Strickfaden .... special electronics effects (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lee Zahler .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Joseph O'Donnell .... story editor (as Jos. O'Donnell)
 
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60 min
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Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #2287)

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Continuity: When the first aeroplane is targetted and its engine falters, for several minutes it continues to do very impressive aerobatics including loops and rolls for which it would need full power.See more »
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Version of Sky Bandits (1940)See more »
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My Heart Is WaitingSee more »

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Brief western with scifi overtones is an okay way to spend an hour when you have nothing better to do, 20 September 2005
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

Tim McCoy is a government agent looking into how various mail planes are being knocked out of the sky. Pretending to be an outlaw, he and his buddy end up battling crooks with a spectacular ray that shorts out engines.

This brief little western is an okay time killer. It would be better if it didn't have as many stretches of watching the planes falter in the air or guys riding horses. Its an odd mix of "now" and old west with radios, planes, and the typical western stuff so that it some who seems anachronistic. The acting is good, especially when it comes to Tim Mc Coy's hat which is so huge that it borders on parody (If most hats are ten gallon, this is 100). Actually the cast is pretty good since its packed with character actors from top to bottom.

If you run across I'd give it a shot on a slow night. If nothing else its a movie to pick apart for numerous continuity errors and weird shifts in logic.(for example- why do they keep flying over the same place when planes are always crashing there?)

And while you're at it see if you can make sense of the title when compared to the actual content of the film.

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