The third of Universal's three serials headlining the Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys (preceded by "Junior G-Men" and "Sea Raiders") is the 55th of Universal's sound-era serials (followed "Gang Busters" and ahead of "Overland Mail") and is the last 12-chapter serial (despite some source that lists it as 13 chapters) released by Universal; "Overland Mail" had 15 episodes while the remaining 13 serials released by Universal Pictures (none of which were ever distributed to theaters by MCA/Universal which didn't exist in the years that Universal produced serials) were all 13 episodes. This one finds the gang, Billy "Ace" Holden, "Bolts" Larson, "Stick" Munsey and "Greaseball" Plunkett working in an airplane/auto junk yard owned by Ace's father. Their truck is stolen by members of a fifth column organization, the Order of the Black Dragonfly, but when government agent Don Ames returns the recovered truck, Ace, who distrusts law men, refuses to give Ames a description of the men who ... Written by
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Like the typical Bowery boy feature film, this "Junior G-Men of the Air" follow-up to "Junior G-Men" (1940) has the group playing similar characters, but with little continuity between appearances. For the final of three "Universal" serials, "The Dead End Kids and Little Tough Guys" leader Billy Halop (as Billy "Ace" Holden) and little brother Gene Reynolds (as Eddie) are aviation enthusiasts. Their truck is stolen by "The Black Dragon Society" of gangsters. These ruthless Japanese warriors, led by Lionel Atwill (as "The Baron"), want to take over the United States of America. The Holden truck is retrieved by US government agents, who want young Halop's help in identifying the culprits...
Bad boy Halop nixes helping the "coppers," so they employ "another boy" to play intermediary...
With previous "Junior G-Man" pal Kenneth Howell unavailable, Frank Albertson (as Jerry Markham) is called into action - however, the actor looks twice his character's age. Par for the course. The most clearly defined group are four (of six) original "Dead End Kids" Halop, Huntz Hall (as "Bolts" Larson), Gabriel Dell (as "Stick" Munsey) and Bernard Punsly (as "Greaseball" Plunkett). "Six courageous youth" are formed with brother Reynolds and "boy" Albertson. They form the team for this adventure, but those will peripheral Bowery vision will note David Gorcey and Frankie Darro as significant others. Future mainstay William "Billy" Benedict (as Whitey) even makes an appearance, in Chapter 11.
**** Junior G-Men of the Air (1942) Ray Taylor, Lewis D. Collins ~ Billy Halop, Gene Reynolds, Frank Albertson, Huntz Hall
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