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Fugitive in the Sky (1936)

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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Rita Moore
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Terry Brewer
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Bob White
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Johnny Martin
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'Killer' Madsen
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Autumn Day (as Winifred Shaw)
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Agatha Ormsby
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Mike Phelan - aka Roger Johnson
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Ramon Duval (as Gordon Elliott)
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John Kelly ...
Kid Couch
Joe Cunningham ...
Spike
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Charley Foy ...
Steve Fanning (as Charles Foy)
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Henry Staeger
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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 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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Drama | Mystery

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28 November 1936 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugindo nos Ares  »

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The airplane in the film is a Ford Tri-Motor. 199 were built between 1926 and 1933. It was the first all-metal commercial passenger airliner and saw service throughout the world. Although the corrugated aluminum skin was extremely robust, it contributed to significant drag that hampered the plane's performance. It was soon outclassed by the Douglas DC-2 and Boeing 247. See more »

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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 »

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Mrs. Katie Tristo: How much?
Albuqerque indian: Three dollars.
Mrs. Katie Tristo: Three dollars? Why that's terribly expensive!
Albuqerque indian: Good knife, you no want, give back.
Mrs. Katie Tristo: You wont even haggle will you? Someone told me I simply must haggle when dealing with an Indian.
Albuqerque indian: Indian no haggle!
Mrs. Katie Tristo: Very well, I'll take it. Here you are my good man, three dollars.
Albuqerque indian: Nine cents more. Sales tax. Government no haggle either!
Mrs. Katie Tristo: You Indians!
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Good Film, More Comedy Than Mystery
11 July 2007 | by (Fairfax, VA) – See all my reviews

I recently had the opportunity to see this film via the TCM Cable Channel and found it enjoyable, but more as a comedy with dramatic overtones rather than a drama mystery. As a product of its time, 1936, I am sure it probably entertained viewers as a mystery, but time has sheered that veneer from it especially in light of these times. I agree with an earlier comment made about the dialogue, which is now somewhat comically outdated. As I listened to Howard Phillips go on as killer Madsen, I could not help but be reminded of current actor Bruce Campbell. I especially enjoyed the performances of Don Barclay as an inebriated passenger and John Kelly as a boxer, which I felt in many ways stole the movie from the leads, such as the lovely Jean Muir. I do give credit though to those who set the scene involving the dust storm segment and found it to be well done. With a little more work this movie had the potential to be a good thriller and I feel would be an excellent candidate to be redone today.


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