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Fugitive in the Sky (1936)

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Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Muir ...
Warren Hull ...
Gordon Oliver ...
Johnny Martin
Howard Phillips ...
Wini Shaw ...
Autumn Day (as Winifred Shaw)
Mary Treen ...
Agatha Ormsby
Mike Phelan, aka Roger Johnson
Bill Elliott ...
Ramon Duval (as Gordon Elliott)
Nedda Harrigan ...
Mrs. Katie Tristo
John Kelly ...
Kid Couch
Joe Cunningham ...
Don Barclay ...
Ronald DeWitt
Charley Foy ...
Steve Fanning (as Charles Foy)
Spencer Charters ...
Henry Staeger


Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is on the trail of a criminal, decides to go along to get a story. When the plane makes a stop in New Mexico, passenger Mrs. Tristo buys a hunting knife from an Indian. Late that night, a shadowy figure approaches the sleeping Ramon Duval and plunges a knife into his heart. Phelan assumes charge of the situation and begins to question the passengers. Wanda Terrell, who is wanted-fugitive Killer Madsen in drag disguise, holds up Phelan and announces he is now running the show. He orders pilot Bob White to head the plane to Evansville, Indiana, Masden's hometown. When Rita offers Masden a cup of coffee, which includes a powerful sleeping potion, the suspicious Masden exchanges cups with co-pilot Johnnie Martin who passes out. The annoyed Masden knocks out pilot White and Rita is forced to take over the ... Written by Les Adams <>

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28 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugindo nos Ares  »

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Biplanes are shown in flight sent to rescue the passengers and crew, but when two land, they are monoplanes. See more »


Ronald DeWitt: Pardon me lady, but you're silly.
Mrs. Katie Tristo: Young man, you're drunk!
Ronald DeWitt: Yeah I know, but tomorrow I will be sober and you'll still be silly!
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One wild ride
16 March 2004 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Fugitive In the Sky is an hour of non-stop thrills delivered by the 'B' team at Warner Brothers. Heck, with no stars worth mentioning and director Nick Grinde behind the camera, it's the 'B' team's 'B' team at that. Nonetheless, thanks to some outstanding miniature work, good set design, a game cast, an exciting screenplay, and some ridiculous but vastly entertaining plot twists, this remains one of the most enjoyable bill fillers of the period. Howard Phillips does a nice job as psycho 'Killer' Madsen, Jean Muir is fine as self assured stewardess Rita Moore, and watch out for those disguises! Besides being one of the first films--if not THE first--to establish many of the plot devices and cliches that would be further developed in films from Zero Hour (1957) to Airport 1977 (1977), Fugitive In the Sky also features cross-dressing, a bleak Dust Bowl farm straight out of the Universal horror playbook, and the best cockpit set this side of Plan 9 From Outer Space. An unusual and surprisingly satisfying effort.

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