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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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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Bartholomew: [as Bartholomew suddenly comes in the door] Bartholomew reports.
Nick Carter: Look, will you scram?
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Kid Stuff
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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