Mickey Lofton, young half-brother of famed war-aviator Jerry, fails in his attempt to enter the Canadian Air Corps, because of his fear of thunderstorms developed by an incident in his ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Keith ...
Molly McGuire
William Janney ...
Mickey Lofton
George Regas ...
Fernando, Moran's Henchman
Henry Otho ...
Sgt. Phalen
Moran, Jones' Henchman
Raoul McGuire (as Jason Robards)
Col. A.C. Clayton, Flight Surgeon (as Joseph Girard)
Cecil Dunbar, Mickey's Pal
Delmar Watson ...
Mickey Lofton, as a Boy
Leif Baxter, Dispatcher (as Edward Cassidy)
Capt. Morton
Rosa Turich ...
Carla the McGuire Maid


Mickey Lofton, young half-brother of famed war-aviator Jerry, fails in his attempt to enter the Canadian Air Corps, because of his fear of thunderstorms developed by an incident in his boyhood days. Jerry, now a Captain in the U.S. Department of Justice, is given an assignment to capture some border oil smugglers. Through his friendship with Raoul McGuire, one of the suspects, Jerry is accepted as a member of the gang. Mickey is in love with Raoul's sister, Molly. Gang leader Moran shoots and wounds Raoul, and is himself shot down by Jerry. Mickey flies Molly and her wounded brother to a hospital. Jerry takes off in another plane to guard Mickey's craft from a pursuing airplane, and crashes his plane into the gangster's plane but parachutes to safety. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 December 1937 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

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The dialog was written by a very talented lemur...and the acting wasn't bad considering they were all robots!
30 September 2015 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Clipped Wings" is a super-low budgeted film. This does not mean that the movie is bad--there are plenty of cheap but good films. Unfortunately, this is NOT one of them--it's just cheap and terrible. I challenge you to watch this mess of a B-movie and not notice that the actors often have difficulty with their lines. It's a combination of terrible acting as well as even worse writing. The dialog is just very wordy, stilted and unnatural. For example, people too often use overly descriptive language when talking about themselves and others. Again and again, folks talk about "my sister", "my brother" and the like. They also can be sitting or standing next to a person and use their name instead of simply (and naturally) saying YOU or HE. It really sounds as if the writer never took much grammar in school--or perhaps they learned it from their dog.

As for the plot, it's overly complicated and dull. First, there's a prologue which wasn't necessary and could have been just explained in a few sentences. Then there are just so many plot elements and complications--like what you'd see in a three hour film, though it's only just a shade over an hour long.

The bottom line is that I am doing a public service in warning you against watching this crappy film. Don't make my sacrifice in vain....avoid watching this dull film and find something, ANYTHING else to see or do instead!

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