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

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Grand's plane is a Douglas DC3 on the ground, but a Boeing 247 in the air. See more »

Quotes

Nick Carter: Well, and one more thing - would you be afraid of getting a knife in the back?
Senator Monrose: Son, I've been a politician for forty years. A knife in the back is an old story for me.
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Fifth Column
24 December 2006 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

This is yet another experiment in the all important detective genre — before the genre settled into the few riverbeds we work with today. The experiment failed, which is why you don't find this celebrated. Its actually a very bad entertainment. Very bad indeed and after this Nick Carter would end.

Its only interesting if you study how the notion of film detection and noir evolved, and what branches died out... or if you are interested in how national identity is defined in film (or reflected if you are a gnostic).

This one tries to punch up the franchise with pretty girls, six of them who are apparently prostitutes though the relationship is so softpeddled, they are mentioned as "dancers." They are protected by a dumb blond who is so dumb it defies even movie logic.

One of these is a German girl who is reluctantly recruited into a German conspiracy against the US, a "fifth column." When she is condemned in front of members of the "cell," one decent man gets up to protest that he joined to make the world better. He is immediately beset by thugs and beaten to death. There is mention of concentration camps. The US hadn't yet entered the war, but it was ready.

There's a mystery of sorts here, how someone is stabbed in a sealed cabin on an airplane. But it is so contrived, so needlessly elaborate its funny, like the genteel whores that subliminally stand for American values.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.


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