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Murder in the Air (1940)

Approved | | Action, Thriller, Drama | 1 June 1940 (USA)
The corpse of a hobo with a $50,000 money belt helps Brass and Gabby crack a cell of fifth columnists bent on sabotage.

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Enemy agents are everywhere and they are sabotaging all important war deliveries. The body of a hobo found in a train wreck had a money belt with $50,000 and a tattoo of a circle and arrow. This is a tattoo for saboteurs for hire and Brass must impersonate the dead man to find out what his orders are. As Steve Coe, he meets with the band of enemy agents in California and everything goes well until the wife of the dead 'Hobo' shows up. Luckily, Gabby is able to save Brass and Brass learns what is his assignment. He is to board the USN airship 'Mason', which is testing the super secret Inertia Projector, and destroy the airship. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Final scenes shot on location at Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport (Van Nuys Airport). These scenes taken on Waterman Drive which is same location as used in Casablanca (1942). See more »

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The dirigible USS Mason is referred to repeatedly by that name, but the name painted on her envelope is Macon (the name of the real-life Navy dirigible lost at sea in 1935). See more »

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Brass Bancroft: Sabotage?
Saxby: Yes, but we're primarily interested n the body of a hobo that was found dead in the wreckage. He was wearing a money belt containing fifty thousand dollars.
Gabby Watters: [Whistles] A little spending money! He must have been king of the hobos!
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'B' Movie? 'B' as in beautiful

"B" as in "basic" and "B" as in "Brass Bancroft," this B-movie series was fairly typical of the fare turned out by studios, partly to give training and a build-up to new actors or directors or writers, and partly just to pump out product to fill the bills at theaters.

"B" movie didn't mean "bad": It just meant lower -- or low -- budget.

Even in his obituaries, less-than-knowledgeable, or less-than-honest, writers kept calling Ronald Reagan "a B movie actor," continuing to carp probably because they didn't agree with what they understood his political philosophy to be. (For people who don't know the history, let me add this word: Being anti-communist was an unforgivable sin in many segments of the media, including even motion pictures.)

Many, if not most, actors began their careers making B movies. Reagan graduated to A features, apparently right after making "Murder in the Air." And his performance in this film was one reason: He was likable, good looking (though kinda skinny without his shirt), and believable in the action scenes.

John Litel was a superlative actor, keeping busy for nearly 40 years, and giving good performances always.

Others in the cast did a good job, some were even great, but most stayed unknown and viewers today might, mistakenly, judge a film by the names connected thereto.

Instead, they should suspend their disbelief, remember the context, and sit back and enjoy.


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