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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
Joyce Compton ...
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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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Ralph Dunn is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of policeman, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

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

Christine Cross: I got a clue for you. It has something to do with cake.
Nick Carter: Cut me a slice, honey.
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Follows Phantom Raiders (1940) See more »

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Nick Carter's last case
19 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sky Murder" turned out to be Nick Carter's final case, which is a shame. The series had a lot going for it, including handsome, commanding Walter Pidgeon as Carter in one of his best roles. "Sky Murder" is a fast-moving mystery involving subversives - Nazis no doubt. Ten years later and it would have been Communists. After a murder in a locked airplane compartment, a German refugee (Kaaren Verne) becomes a suspect, and Nick is sure she didn't do it. It's never easy for Nick to work on a case because of people who won't leave him alone, and this time is no different. Donald Meek as Bartholemew is still around with his bees, and he has a hilarious fight scene. There's also a pseudo-detective, Christine Cross (Joyce Compton) who is a complete airhead.

This series had a nice, chaotic and humorous feel to it, with the anchor ably provided by Pidgeon who puts up with Bartholemew and here, Compton, but never seems to get flustered. Really fun. It's a shame there were so few of the Nick Carter films.


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