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The Flying Serpent (1946)

Approved | | Horror | 1 February 1946 (USA)
The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes (George Zucco) discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl (the Killer Bird God) and accidentally kills ... See full summary »


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(original story), (screenplay)

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Cast overview:
Ralph Lewis ...
Richard Thorpe
Hope Kramer ...
Mary Forbes
Jerry 'Jonsey' Jones
Wheaton Chambers ...
Louis Havener
James Metcalf ...
Dr. John Lambert (as James Metcalfe)
Sheriff Bill Hayes
Milton Kibbee ...
Hastings (as Miltin Kibbee)
Head of Inquest
Vance Bennett


The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes (George Zucco) discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl (the Killer Bird God) and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Now Dr. Forbes uses this twisted knowledge to extract revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the serpent's feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Relic of an ancient terror born a billion years ago!








Release Date:

1 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killer with Wings  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecasts of this film took place in New York City Saturday 5 February 1949 on the Film Theater of the Air on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Saturday 2 April 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »


In an early scene, Dr. John Lambert (James Metcalf) refers to his job as "orthinologist." He means "ornithologist." See more »


Mary Forbes: Doctor Lambert, I wish there had never been any such thing as Aztec Indians! Father does nothing but think, dream and talk Aztecs!
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Crazy Credits

Director Jean Yarbrough's name spelled as ``Yarborough'' in credits. See more »


Referenced in Q (1982) See more »

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Zucco + Newfield + PRC = Dud
28 January 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

PRC Pictures, the cheapest of the B studios in the '30s and '40s, specialized in "horror" movies, few of which were "horrible" and most of which were barely movies. British actor George Zucco starred in many of them, and Sam Newfield--the brother of PRC president Sigmund Neufeld--directed many of them; neither Zucco nor Newfield had reason to be proud of any of them. The one thing they all had in common was shoddy production, technical ineptness and fifth-rate storytelling. This one is no different. The "story" concerns a mad doctor who has captured Quetzlcoatl, a mythical Mexican bird god of death, and uses it to kill his enemies. The bird model is laughable, with the strings used to move it clearly visible in almost every shot. Flubbed lines, pauses where actors forgot their lines for a second are all left in; in fact, there is one scene where the camera follows someone walking down a city street, and as the person walks by a plate glass store window, the reflection of the entire crew is clearly visible! Director Larry Cohen used the basic idea for his film "Q" in the 1980s, but with far better results. The fact that Cohen remade the film is astounding enough; the realization that he actually must have sat through to the end of this movie in order to do so is absolutely mind-boggling.

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