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Director:
Writer:
Raymond L. Schrock (original screen play)
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Release Date:
1 June 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
The corpse of a hobo with a $50,000 money belt helps Brass and Gabby crack a cell of fifth columnists bent on sabotage. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Interesting spy thriller See more (12 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ronald Reagan ... Brass Bancroft

John Litel ... Saxby
Lya Lys ... Hilda Riker
James Stephenson ... Joe Garvey
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Gabby Watters
Robert Warwick ... Doctor Finchley
Victor Zimmerman ... Rumford
William Gould ... Admiral Winfield
Kenneth Harlan ... Commander Wayne

Frank Wilcox ... Hotel Clerk
Owen King ... George Hayden
Dick Rich ... John Kramer
Charles Brokaw ... Otto
Helen Lynd ... Dolly
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Lane Chandler ... Flagship Radio Officer (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Police Chief at Morgue (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Sailor Bringing Radiogram (uncredited)

Donald Curtis ... Quartermaster (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Dirigible Lt. C.O. Bell (uncredited)
John Deering ... Radio Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Agent Hargrave (uncredited)
Selmer Jackson ... Capt. Riddell - Naval Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
Reid Kilpatrick ... Continental Airport Radio Operator (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Hargraves' Radio Operator (uncredited)
Alexander Lockwood ... Dirigible Officer (uncredited)
Charles Marsh ... Sunnyvale Radio Officer (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Dr. Delby - Prison Hospital Doctor (uncredited)
John 'Skins' Miller ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)

Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Sunnyvale Radio Operator (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Collins - Police Chemist (uncredited)
Wedgwood Nowell ... Flagship Admiral (uncredited)
Paul Panzer ... Hans -,a Henchman (uncredited)
Paul Phillips ... Sailor (uncredited)
Lon Poff ... Morgue Attendant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Prescott - Dirigible Radioman (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Zeppelin Navigator (uncredited)
Garland Smith ... Dirigible Officer (uncredited)
Edwin Stanley ... Congressman Courtney Rice (uncredited)
Julie Stevens ... Naval Hospital Nurse (uncredited)
Claude Wisberg ... Hotel Bellhop (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Seiler 
 
Writing credits
Raymond L. Schrock (original screen play) (as Raymond Schrock)

Produced by
Bryan Foy .... associate producer (uncredited)
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer (uncredited)
Jack L. Warner .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
Frank Magee (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Stanley Fleischer 
 
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Robert B. Lee .... sound
 
Music Department
William Lava .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Max Steiner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Harry Seymour .... dialogue director
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
55 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | USA:Approved (PCA #5757) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
David Newell is in studio records for a role in this film, but he does not appear.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: 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 »
Quotes:
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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8 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Interesting spy thriller, 7 February 2006
Author: Chris Gaskin from Derby, England

Murder In the Air was the fourth movie to star future President Ronald Reagan as agent Ross Bancroft. This is at present the only one of this series I've seen and was rather impressed.

A man with a tattoo of a circle and arrow is found dead after a rail crash and he turns out to be hobo with £50,000 on him. Bancroft and his sidekick are sent to investigate. The investigation eventually sends them onto an airship, Mason, which could be blown up...

Murder in the Air is worth catching if you get the chance as it is rather hard to get hold of. A good way of spending just under an hour.

Rating: 3 stars out of 5.

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