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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 »
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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)
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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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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: On the dirigible, Rumford is seen wearing a hat when he opens a door to a cabin, but he is hatless when the point of view switches to show him entering the cabin.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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4 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Decent Time Killer, 23 May 2009
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Murder in the Air (1940)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Fourth and final film in Warner's Brass Bancroft series with Ronald Reagan in the lead. This time out enemy agents are destroying various sites and now they have their eyes on destroying the entire country. Reagan goes undercover and gets inside the gang to try and stop them before more damage is done. This is probably the second best in the series (behind the third film) and fans of "B" movies will certainly have enough here to keep them entertained. The film, running just 55-minutes, makes for some nice entertainment because it throws pretty much everything in except for the kitchen sink but then again that might have ended up on the cutting room floor. The entire movie goes at a very fast pace and it leads up to a very good ending set on a Dirigible, which of course has to crash into the ocean. I wish this sequence would have gone on longer but what's here is nice. Reagan is very comfortable in the role and manages to turn in his best performance of the series. His tough act is a lot more believable here than in the previous three films and Eddie Foy, Jr. is back for comic relief. John Litel and James Stephenson co-star.

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