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Yukon Flight (1940)

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When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
James Newill ...
Louise Stanley ...
Louise Howard
Warren Hull ...
Bill Shipley
William Pawley ...
Yuke Gradeau
Dave O'Brien ...
George Humbert ...
Nick - Cafe Owner
Karl Hackett ...
Raymond - Airline Owner
Jack Clifford ...
Roy Barcroft ...
Henchman Lodin
Bob Terry ...
Henchman DeLong
Earl Douglas ...
Henchman Smokie Joe


When the plane owned by the "Yukon and Columbia Mail Service" crashes, RCMP Sergeant Renfrew (James Newill) and Constable Kelly (Dave O'Brien) suspect murder. Their suspicions are confirmed when Renfrew finds the control stick has been jammed, forcing the plane to fly in one direction until the gas ran out. Mine owner Louise Howard (Louise Stanley) reports that her superintendent is missing. The Mounties find him murdered and that too has been made to look like an accident. A new mail service pilot, Bill Shipley (Warren Hull), arrives. He had gone to training school with Renfrew but had been cashiered for misconduct. The Mounties discover that Raymond (Karl Hackett), who had been working for Louise, really owns the flying line managed by Yuke Cardoe (William Pawley.) They find proof that all the gold from the mine isn't being turned over to Louise, and suspect that Raymond and Yuke are stealing the gold and shipping it to Seattle by plane. Renfrew sets a trap and Yuke and Raymond try ... Written by Les Adams <>

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2 January 1940 (USA)  »

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Bill Shipley's aircraft, a Waco RNF, was US registered, NC 617 Y, which is odd for a movie set in Canada. The other aircraft at the airfield was a monoplane, yet when the bad guys fly off at the end they are in another biplane. See more »


During the opening minutes, the plane with the pilot who's bound and immobile is shown crashing into a large tree. Later, when Mounties Renfrew and Kelly investigate the crash scene, there's no tree and the remains of the crash are in an open area of land. See more »


Followed by Sky Bandits (1940) See more »


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Written by Betty Laidlaw and Robert Lively
Sung by James Newill
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Excellent, exciting, exceptional entry for Monogram & Criterion

This is an exciting blend of cowboy and pilot, of horse and airplane.

Tex O'Brien is in it and that would be enough for me, but in fact there is an exceptional cast, with some colorfully named characters who add some weight and who flesh out the story.

My copy of "Yukon Flight" is pretty bad, with some godawful dark scenes that make it hard to follow. As a result of the poor quality picture, I have had to extrapolate a bit, and I still loved this movie.

It is part of the Great American Western series from Echo Bridge Entertainment, Volume 35 of "over 30 Volumes," as it says on the case and "over 40" as it says on the other case in the box.

James Newill is the nominal star and is the title character, Sergeant Renfrew, who also sings. He is more Nelson Eddy than Gene Autry in style, so anyone who doesn't like operetta might feel like fast-forwarding. That's not a problem for me, though.

Roy Barcroft is one of the minor bad guys, in a different kind of role for him.

Jack Clifford plays a character named "Whispering Smith," but he has no resemblance to any other "Whispering Smith," such as that of Alan Ladd, Richard Carlson, or Audie Murphy. Apparently his character shows up in two other Renfrew films.

This is fun. I only hope you find a better copy than mine, which is still fun.

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