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4 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il pilota della morte  »

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This film received its earliest documented telecasts in Los Angeles Sunday 4 April 1948 on DuMont Television Network's KTLA (Channel 5) and in New York Monday 1 August 1949 on DuMont's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

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A bit better than average for PRC
7 October 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

PDC (later known as PRC) was an ultra-low budget studio that made mostly crappy films from the late 30s through the 40s. They were the epitome of the so-called 'poverty row' studios--renting out space at a real studio at night, keeping their budgets amazingly low and shooting time amazingly quick. High art, their films were anything but! Occasionally, despite themselves, PDC made a decent movie--more a mistake than by intent! Such is the case with one of their very early efforts, "Mercy Plane". While the film has plenty not to like, overall, it's far better than you'd expect from this outfit!

Speed Leslie (James Dunn) and Brenda Gordon (Frances Gifford) are rivals who compete in air races. Lately, although Speed assumes he's the better pilot, he's been losing race after race to her--all due to mechanical problems. Speed also assumes she's responsible for tampering with his planes. However, she's a sweet lady and stuck on him...and she doesn't realize that her brother is no good. The brother not only is responsible for the sabotage but much more...he's been stealing planes and reselling them abroad. So, when a top-secret so-called 'Mercy Plane' is about to be tested by Speed, the brother arranges for it to be stolen and Speed to be blamed. What's next and how can Speed clear his name?

While the film has a few silly portions, such as the way this top secret plane takes off and lands in the film, it's also reasonably exciting, has decent acting and actually kept my attention--something rare for this studio's work! If you are interested in seeing it, the film is available for free download from site often linked to IMDb films (though oddly not in this case).

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