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Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)

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A group of flying cadets have to clear themselves of a murder charge, while trying to stop a traitorous scientist from selling secrets to the Nazis.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Downs ...
Cadet Danny Collins
Bobby Jordan ...
Cadet Jinx Roberts
Ward Wood ...
Cadet Scrapper McKay
William 'Billy' Benedict ...
Cadet Zombie Parker (as Billy Benedict)
Eduardo Ciannelli ...
Kurt von Helger, alias Corby
Capt. Ralph Carson
Robert Armstrong ...
Arthur Galt, alias The Black Hangman
Jennifer Holt ...
Andre Mason
Charles Trowbridge ...
Maj. William Elliott [Ch. 1]
Joseph Crehan ...
Col. George Bolton [Chs. 1-2]
Addison Richards ...
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]
Leyland Hodgson ...
Capt. Hartley - British Army [Ch. 6]
Ian Keith ...
Col. Lee [Chs. 9-13]
Philip Van Zandt ...
Herman Klott, alias Jack Hargrove [Chs. 5-8] (as Phil Van Zandt)
Joan Blair ...
Frau Klott, alias Mrs. Hargrove [Chs. 5-8]


Flying students Danny Collins, Jinx Roberts, Scrapper McKay and Zombie Parker are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. The latter is an engineer, Arthur Galt, who has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa. Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason and his daughter Andre. Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Kurt von Heiger. The four cadets, thinking Galt is their friend, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names of the murder charges. They are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson. Written by Les Adams <>

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13 SKY-SEARING CHAPTERS! (original ad - all caps) See more »








Release Date:

7 September 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Aventuras de los cadetes aéreos  »

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| (13 episodes) | (Alpha Video Print)

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles: 1. The Black Hangman Strikes; 2. Menaced by Murderers; 3. Into the Flames; 4. The Door to Death; 5. Crashed in a Carter; 6. Rendezvous with Doom; 7. Gestapo Execution; 8. Masters of Treachery; 9. Wings of Destruction; 10. Caught in the Caves of An-Kar-Ban; 11. Hostages for Treason; 12. The Black Hangman Strikes Again; 13. The Toll of Treason. See more »


The Black Hangman: The Caves of Ankerban were found - by one of your party.
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: Yes, Professor Mason, but he left no trace.
The Black Hangman: Fortunately for me, because Professor Mason did find the Caves of Ankerban
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: He's still alive?
The Black Hangman: Yes, as my prisoner.
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: Prisoner!
The Black Hangman: Yes, because Professor Mason found something so valuable in those caves that only I must possess it!
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Here Come the Air Cadets
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
Performed over opening credits by a male chorus
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Watchable Juvenile Thrills...
6 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wartime Serial from Universal, ADVENTURES OF THE FLYING CADETS (1943) was clearly aimed solely at the youth market. The plot is particularly predictable, most of it given away in Chapter One! Even a six (6) year old back then would have figured out that THE BLACK HANGMAN or 'Schwarze Henker' was Arthur Galt, Robert Armstrong with a bad German accent. This was pointed out by Kurt Von Heiger/Corby played by perennial bad-man Eduardo Ciannelli. The objective of our hero's is prevent those NAZI's from obtaining the precious HELIUM from a mine in Africa. This is accomplished in 13, somewhat thrilling chapters.

Each chapter though gets you moving with the jaunty song 'Here Comes The Air Cadets'. Air Cadets being a better rhythm for the lyrics then 'Flying Cadets'. There is no prologue recap between chapters, just a repeat, then on to the next adventure. Though not in the League with the FLASH GORDON franchise or BUCK ROGERS it is still a enjoyable ride. The young leads all former 'Child Stars' on the minor league level perform as expected. They are backed up by quality character actors. Most who would be appearing in 'A' or 'B' efforts at the major studios. Though half seemed to get killed off in the first chapter.

Our copy from ALPHA VIDEO came via the local flee market for $02.00. Which we feel was a good deal and what it is worth. There copy seems to come from a combination of transfers from film and video, but you can hear it and see it clearly. Remember 'digitally remastered' does not mean 'digitally restored'. Universal during the War years invested less and less in its Serial output and there would be only ten (10) more before it was discontinued. There efforts at this time were no way equal to those of REPUBLIC, but were way ahead of COLUMBIA. Now those were really bad!

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