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Sky Murder (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1940 (USA)
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)
Andrew Hendon
Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts ...
Judge Whitmore
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)  »

Also Known As:

Flygmordet  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Virginia O'Brien's first screen role. See more »


When Bartholomew rolls out of the taxi he tears his coat at the left elbow. When he appears right after that in the rear of the plane it is no longer ripped. See more »


Senator Monrose: [Referring to Pat] Why, anything you say. Do you mind if I remark the young lady is very attractive.
Nick Carter: I'll say, she is like a magnet. She attracts steel, bombs, gunpowder, and sudden death.
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Someone murdered this film
19 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon played Nick Carter, detective, in only three films from 1939 - 1940. Sky Murder was the last of the series and it is a real bomb. Walter himself is not too bad, but the rest of the cast does very little to deliver a film that is worth watching today. There are lots of detective sidekicks, but Walter Meek's portrayal of "Beeswax" Batholomew is simply annoying. Fortunately Tom Conway is not on screen long enough to warrant serious criticism. The plot involves fifth columnists, damsels in distress, and the interference of a female private detective that should have been left on the cutting room floor. A critical car chase suffers from continuity problems. Most of the gags fall flat. A murder does take place in the sky and by the time we see the solution, it is hard to care. Not worth your time.

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