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 »



(screenplay), (story "Renfrew Rides North")

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Cast overview:
James Newill ...
Louise Stanley ...
Louise Howard
Bill Shipley
William Pawley ...
Yuke Gradeau
George Humbert ...
Nick - Cafe Owner
Karl Hackett ...
Raymond - Airline Owner
Whispering Smith (as Jack Clifford)
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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2 January 1940 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Follows Crashing Thru (1939) See more »


Mounted Men
Written by Betty Laidlaw and Robert Lively
Sung by James Newill
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Downright silly as well as forgettable.
19 June 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"Yukon Flight" is a very forgettable and often silly little B-movie from Monogram Studios. It's even sillier than their normal fare—very silly indeed. It's a Renfrew of the Royal Mounted film (the last of three) starring James Newell—a handsome actor who seemed incapable of going very long without breaking into song! As for the plot, it's an escapist mystery film—common for this studio.

The film, not surprisingly, is set in the Canadian wilderness. Along with Renfrew, he has a very dim assistant and together (but mostly due to Renfrew), they manage to bring a gang to justice that is stealing gold shipments and claiming the planes were lost. What they really were doing was deliberately crashing their planes (along with the pilots) and substituting sand in the bags intended for gold. This IS odd, as gold would NOT be burned up in the crash, it would just melt and it would become obvious the switch was made.

Overall, this is a silly and tedious film. Tedious because the characters are all very one-dimensional and the plot isn't particularly engaging—especially since Renfrew keeps insisting on serenading everyone—even in the most ridiculous situations. Odd and forgettable.

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