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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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The character "Tom Saxby" in the previous 3 films of the series signs his name as "William Saxby" in a telegram to Bancroft. See more »

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The telegram Bancroft sends to Saxby is addressed to him at the "Federal Bureau of Investigation". Saxby and Bancroft are members of the Secret Service, which is a part of the Treasury Department. They have nothing to do with the F.B.I., which is part of the Justice Department. See more »

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Brass Bancroft: Hey, Gabby, come on. What's the matter?
Gabby Watters: Oh, I'm worried about my girl.
Brass Bancroft: Al right, so if you can't keep the date tonight, she'll cry on her mother's shoulder.
Gabby Watters: That's just what I'm worried about. She hasn't got a mother.
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How Ronald Reagan learned to love the Star Wars defense
27 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is notable for what it wrought 40 years later. In the film, Reagan's character -- Brass Bancroft -- is a government "T"-man who is tasked to protect a new secret weapon called the Inertia Protector, which can destroy all incoming bombs before they hit the US. Total nonsense, of course, but it does explain, years later, why Reagan really believed in Star Wars. He had already seen it work in a movie.


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