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Stunt Pilot (1939)

Approved | | Adventure | 2 July 1939 (USA)
The second of a series of four features Monogram made based on the comic strip by Hal Forrest (Universal also used the strip characters in two serials), finds a movie company shooting a war... See full summary »



(comic strip "Tailspin Tommy"), | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Smith (as Jason Robards)
Earl Martin
Wesley Barry ...
John Daheim ...
Tex (as Johnny Day)
Tod Sterling ...
Mary Field ...
Ethel (as Mary Fields)
Buddy Cox ...
David Newell ...
Radio Operator
Reporter Trent


The second of a series of four features Monogram made based on the comic strip by Hal Forrest (Universal also used the strip characters in two serials), finds a movie company shooting a war picture at Three Points airport, with Tailspin Tommy Tompkins as a stunt pilot in the film. Tommy is incensed by the complete disregard for human life shown by the film's director, Sheehan, and quits. Sheehan gets a replacement pilot named Earl Martin, who is known as a reckless pilot who will try an aerial stunt for a thrill. He hand Tommy get into a fight when Martin takes Betty Lou Barnes for a ride in a plane that is practically falling apart. Sheehan offers Tommy $500 to work in an airplane fight, which Tommy refuses saying the stunt is needlessly dangerous. But Skeeter Millican, Tommy's flying mechanic pal, who needs the money for his sick sister, takes the job. Tommy finds out, ties Skeeter up, and takes his place. During the filming, Tommy fires his machine gun, and Martin is killed. When ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 July 1939 (USA)  »

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Asas Gloriosas  »

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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in St. Louis Saturday 17 April 1948 on KSD (Channel 5), followed by New York City 11 February 1949 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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At the end of the film our heroes are asked if they could help train flying border guards. They agree and said "That's the next one", see you in "Sky Pilot." See more »


Follows Mystery Plane (1939) See more »


On Silver Wings
Written by Fleming Allen and Carl Winge
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Flies Pretty High
3 August 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Hal Forrest's "Tailspin Tommy" comic strip was turned into a movie series by Monogram -- there was at least one earlier B movie produced by C.C. Burr. This, the second of the series, is a pretty good movie about the problems of Tommy's friends at a troubled movie shoot he is stunting for.

I attribute this to a lot of talent picked up on the cheap by Monogram, some excellent stunt flying by Wally West and graceful cinematography by Fred Jackman Jr. Some of the actors, like Jason Robards Sr., were down on their luck. Some, like Marjorie Reynolds and Milburn Stone, were starting out; and a few never got noticed by the more prosperous studios. The same was true about the behind-the-camera crew. Hollywood always had a lot more competent and even excellent talent than it knew what to do with.

I do have issues with the writing. Every plot point is over-explained for my taste. However, that is a relatively minor cavil. Monogram was willing to spend money on this one, and it shows. Enjoy!

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