Tailspin Tommy is flying through a severe storm to deliver a payroll. What he doesn't know is that a gang of crooks is setting a trap for him in order to get their hands on the money.

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Julius Tannen ...
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Williams (as Edwin Parker)
Joseph E. Bernard ...
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Tailspin Tommy is flying through a severe storm to deliver a payroll. What he doesn't know is that a gang of crooks is setting a trap for him in order to get their hands on the money.

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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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Betty Lou: Tommy says it's as natural for kids today to want to fly as to swim or play football.
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Barely okay made for kids story barely has the titled character in it
8 January 2006 | by (Glen Cove, New York) – See all my reviews

Tailspin Tommy was a hit in comics and on the radio. His exploits were made into features and serials. This is the second feature I've seen, and like the first one I really could have spent the time cleaning a my teeth.

The majority of the film concerns Whitey who is a tough no good kid. Tailspin shows him some kindness and Whitey comes around. When Tailspin crashes during a storm Whitey manages to find the crashed plane and rescue his friend. Whitey's really no good brother then uses him to lure Tailspin into a trap so the money he was delivering can be stolen.

Clearly aimed at the kiddie crowd this is a tough film to slog through for adults or anyone over eight. Filled with bad acting, bad plotting and awful dialog (the storm sequence is hysterically awful) this film makes you want to shake your head in disbelief, adults really made this thing? While it does dance perilously close to the bad film line it manages to remain somewhat watchable once its bludgeoned you to get its wave length. I can't really recommend this film to anyone simply because there are so many other things you could be doing instead (worse its a bit too inept to make fun of because it keeps shooting itself in its foot)

Given the choice watch the serials instead


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