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Sky Murder (1940)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Mystery  |  27 September 1940 (USA)
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A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder.

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Kaaren Verne ...
Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley ...
Cortland Grand
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Christine Cross / Her Twin Sister
Tom Conway ...
Andrew Hendon
George Lessey ...
Senator Monrose
Dorothy Tree ...
Kathe
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Dr. Crattan
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Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts ...
Judge Whitmore
Byron Foulger ...
Kuse
William Tannen ...
Gus
Milton Parsons ...
Brock
Tom Neal ...
Steve
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Pat Evans is a German expatriate who is loyal to her new adopted home, the United States. A shadowy German bund operating in the Long Island area tries to recruit as the sophisticated but lecherous Andrew Hendon tries to physically coerce her into joining. While she is flying in the private plane of Cortland Grand, a rich friend of Nick Carter's, she knocks Hendon unconscious in self defense, but leaves him alive in a rear compartment of the plane. When the steward discovers the body, he finds Herndon stabbed in the throat by a nail file. Before the trip is over, the co-pilot is also stabbed to death. Luckily for Pat, one of the passengers on Grand's plane is famed New York detective Nick Carter. Although he is off-duty, the resourceful sleuth along with Beeswax, his bizarre sidekick, and beautiful Southern Chris Cross, a female gumshoe, breaks up a secret cell of Nazi saboteurs and FIfth Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Nick Carter Tackles His Toughest Case as Murder Rides the Air Lanes. See more »


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Virginia O'Brien's first screen role. See more »

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Nick Carter carries the unconscious Karen Verne upstairs to the bedroom but she lifts her arm to clear the bed as he lays her down. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew: [Taking out two guns in the back seat and pointing them in opposite directions and then talking to the driver] Stop the car immediately, sir! I you fail, you're a dead mam.
Dr. Crattan: How did you arrive at that conclusion?
Bartholomew: [Matter-of-factly] I'll shoot him.
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The Best of the Three Nick Carter's
14 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The most interesting and entertaining of the three films that opened up a little and went outdoors and included a heavy plot of spies and Nazis on the home front. There is that dreaded printing press that the subversives use to peddle their poison with fliers like "Don't be Doped by America".

There is also quite a bit of gun-play and this one is as serious as the series ever got. But it is not without the standard flaws. The Detective as a relentless womanizer (in all its overdone cringe inducement here), the almost ever present Beeswax his always irritating sidekick, the cute ditsy, dumb dame, and the German-American included so we can understand America's tolerance (but not after Pearl Harbor) for all Nationalities despite their governments evil ways. Did we really have to be reminded we are the good guys in such a heavy handed manner?

Sure we did, because repetition works, and this series was just another palatable picture used as a delivery device to a yet to be convinced public that we are about to join the fight against fascism. A noble cause. That is also the best that could be said about the Nick Carter Series.


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