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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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(as Sherman Scott)

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

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Relic of an ancient terror born a billion years ago!

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1 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Killer with Wings  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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This film is a virtual rehash of The Devil Bat (1940), which had been one of Producers Releasing Corporation's (PRC) biggest successes. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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

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Referenced in Q (1982) See more »

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Good Fun!
13 January 2012 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

One of my favorite Poverty Row movies. Yes, it's cheap. Yes it's corny. No, it's not a milestone in film achievement. What it is, though, is a camp classic featuring the always awesome George Zucco as an insane archaeologist using the Aztec bird-god Quetzalcoatl to kill his enemies. If that simple description doesn't pique your interest, then this isn't the movie for you. Of course the special effects are limited. It was a PRC movie shot on a shoestring budget. But if you can look past its limitations you will see that it's a good solid hour of fun. Recommended for all fans of George Zucco or 1940s horror movies in general.


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