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Sky Patrol (1939)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Drama  |  12 September 1939 (USA)
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"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
John Trent ...
Marjorie Reynolds ...
Jason Robards Sr. ...
Paul Smith - Three Points Airfield Owner (as Jason Robards)
Carter Meade
Dickie Jones ...
Bobby Landis
Boyd Irwin ...
Colonel Meade
John Daheim ...
Ryan (as Johnnie Day)
LeRoy Mason ...
John S. Peters ...
Jackson (as John Peters)


"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and coast-lines, on the lookout for smugglers. Carter Meade, whose father is the Colonel in charge of the patrol, has a terror of firing guns and his father insists he conquer this fear. Tommy sends him out on patrol, on orders from Washington D. C., to stop any unfamiliar aircraft. Carter challenges an unmarked amphibian plane, which opens fire on him. Carter, afraid to shoot, bails out as his plane is shot down. Carter is missing, and Tommy and Skeeter are searching for him and the mysterious airplane. Written by Les Adams <>

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WINGS OF DEATH! ACross danger-streaked skies roars Tailspin Tommy's air patrol in pursuit of death-dealing smugglers! His most-thrilling air-venture! See more »


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12 September 1939 (USA)  »

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Tailspin Tommy in Sky Patrol  »

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The gun runners appear to be flying a Douglas Dolphin amphibian. See more »


Follows Mystery Plane (1939) See more »

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After The Kid and before Uncle Fester
24 August 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Monogram Pictures gave us Sky Patrol in 1939 and the most memorable thing about it was it featured Jackie Coogan after he was Charlie Chaplin's Kid and before he was Uncle Fester. In 1939 you could see Coogan's brow getting higher and higher.

Coogan is a young man the son of Boyd Irwin the colonel in charge of the the Sky Patrol. A dutiful young man Coogan has joined the Sky Patrol and has come under the tutelage of the legendary Talespin Tommy and his sidekick Skeeter. But in his heart wants to go to medical school.

It was war closing in and any other time this kid would have gone to medical school and been a MASH doctor like Hawkeye and Trapper making their war contribution doing what they do best. I certainly wouldn't have gone into aviation to please my father.

Anyway when Coogan gets captured by smugglers who hold him for their own nefarious purposes, John Trent and Milburn Stone as Tommy and Skeeter have to rescue him and capture the smugglers.

Aviation buffs will like Sky Patrol. I can't think of anyone else doing so.

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