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Legion of Lost Flyers (1939)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 3 November 1939 (USA)
A group of pilots, because of unsavory or unearned reputations, establish an outpost squadron of their own, led by "Loop" Gillian, running charter-flights and hauling supplies in the frozen... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
'Beef' Brumley
Anne Nagel ...
Paula Wilson
William Lundigan ...
Ralph Perry
Jake Halley
Martha Wilson
Jerry Marlowe ...
Freddy Simms
Bill Desert
Leon Belasco ...
'Frenchy' Rogian
Blinky, the Radioman
Larry Barrigan
Edith Mills ...
Bertha the Eskimo
Sam Bradford


A group of pilots, because of unsavory or unearned reputations, establish an outpost squadron of their own, led by "Loop" Gillian, running charter-flights and hauling supplies in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. The operation does not go without misadventures, foul-ups, and a bit of treachery tossed in. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ZOOMING THRU BY SHEER GRIT!...To Regain Their Lost Honor...and Lost Love!


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Release Date:

3 November 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Legião dos Aviadores Perdidos  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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10 August 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Legion of Lost Flyers This is a low budget aviation programmer from Universal pictures. A group of flyers battle the elements and each other while flying for a second rate airways in Alaska.

Richard Arlen is the new pilot in town. He came to Alaska because he could not get work in the lower 48. He has been blamed for a crash where 4 men where killed. When the aircraft had engine problems he jumped by parachute leaving the 4 men behind.

Andy Devine plays the airline mechanic. He knows Arlen from before and does not believe the story. The other pilots are played by, William Lundigan, Guinn Williams and Leon Ames.

It turns out that Arlen is innocent of causing the men's deaths. It was really Lundigan who had taken the flight that night. But Arlen needs proof. Needless to say the swine Lundigan has no intention of admitting anything. This results in several fist fights with Arlen coming out on top.

Lundigan decides he has had enough and takes off in a plane loaded with gold from a local mine. He ends up crashing in the wilderness. The only one willing to fly a rescue is of course, Arlen.

Arlen flies into the remote crash site and picks up Lundigan. On take off the aircraft suffers some heavy damage. It slowly starts to fall to pieces the closer they get to the home field. Lundigan starts to panic and Arlen has him confess over the radio about his involvement in the men's death.

Arlen and Lundigan make it to the airfield just in time to crash as the plane finally folds up.

There is of course the love interest, Anna Nagel, as well as some comic relief supplied by Jack Carson as a radio newsman.

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