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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley ...
Cortland Grand
Christine Cross / Her Twin Sister
Andrew Hendon
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Dr. Crattan
Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts ...
Judge Whitmore
William Tannen ...
Milton Parsons ...
Steve - Pilot


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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Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Flygmordet  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 21 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed in Philadelphia Monday 2 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6); its San Francisco television premiere took place 19 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in New York City its earliest documented airing took place 14 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »


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


Senator Monrose: [Referring to Pat] Why, anything you say. Do you mind if I remark the young lady is very attractive.
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10 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

When I heard "Nick Carter," I was expecting a dark, noir-ish hard boiled detective story, along the lines of Sam Spade or Philip Marlowe. "Sky Murder" is anything but.

I thought the first few scenes of the movie were so bad, I was going to give it a 3 and turn it off. (No movie can score higher than a 3 with me if I can't stand it till the end.)

For some reason, though, and it wasn't any sudden change in plot or acting, I kept with it. It was more than three quarters of the way through, more than 45 minutes into the film, that I suddenly realized this is a rollicking adventure story aimed at eight-year-old boys, with no pretensions of being anything but a good time. It is a comic book come to life, sort of like the old Superman TV show from the fifties.

Once I realized that, the movie became much more enjoyable.

I don't know if an eight-year-old would enjoy it today, though. It's not full of fast action, has no gunfire, and of course it has no CG.

So, without modern kid appeal, and, as other reviewers have shown, it doesn't hold much for adult viewers, I'm afraid this well-done and entertaining film is probably destined for obscurity.

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