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Adventures of the Flying Cadets (1943)

Approved | | Adventure | 7 September 1943 (USA)
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:
Bobby Jordan ...
Cadet Jinx Roberts
Ward Wood ...
Cadet Scrapper McKay
Cadet Zombie Parker (as Billy Benedict)
Kurt von Helger, alias Corby
Capt. Ralph Carson
Arthur Galt, alias The Black Hangman
Andre Mason
Charles Trowbridge ...
Maj. William Elliott [Ch. 1]
Col. George Bolton [Chs. 1-2]
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]
Leyland Hodgson ...
Capt. Hartley - British Army [Ch. 6]
Col. Lee [Chs. 9-13]
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Cadets courageous...blazing a trail around the globe...smashing the spies of the skies! See more »




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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)

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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 »


A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: If it's so valuable, why are you telling me about it.
The Black Hangman: Because Professor Mason sent a chart showing the location of the Caves of Ankerban to one of his friends.
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: I know nothing about any chart.
The Black Hangman: Then perhaps it was your friend, Major Elliott.
A.J. 'Jack' Hill [Ch. 1]: If I knew, I wouldn't tell you.
The Black Hangman: No, you would not. You Americans have such a strange idea of honor.
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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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Beware Der Schwarze Henker
2 January 2006 | by (Flushing, NY) – See all my reviews

The Black Hangman, a Nazi spy, is murdering members of an expedition that the Hangman (in his civilian identity of Arthur Galt- engineering consultant) undertook in Africa and uncovered a supply of helium in the caves of An-Ker-Ban. A group of four young Flying Cadets (Danny, Jinx, Scrapper, and Zombie) are the primary suspects for two of the Hangman's murders and they fly to Africa (with Galt) to clear themselves and break up the Nazi sabotage plan. Decent serial at the beginning with the Cadets going after the Black Hangman while he commits his sabotage acts, but after the he's revealed as Galt in chapter 3 and then heads towards Africa, the serial becomes mostly non stop talking scenes with the Hangman and all the Nazi agents just suspecting double crosses and shooting each other. Downs, Jordan, Wood & Benedict are very good as the young fliers (an improvement over the Dead End Kids in their 3 serials), while Ciannelli and Armstrong, make for good villains. I wish though the Black Hangman had more to do with the story later on in the serial. Holt is beautiful to look at, but she's not even seen until chapter 6, and she doesn't interact well with the story. A bunch of implausible cliffhangers, but decent dialogue. Rating, based on serials, 6.

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