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Arctic Flight (1952)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 19 October 1952 (USA)
Mike Wien, an Alaskan bush pilot operating the the Bering Sea area, makes friends with John W. Wetherby, posing as a wealthy American businessman. But, in reality, he is a Russian spy on ... See full summary »

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Mike Wien
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Martha Raymond
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John W. Wetherby
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Saranna Koonuk
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Squid Tucker
Thomas Richards Sr. ...
Dave Karluck (as Tom Richards)
Anthony Garson ...
Miksook
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Father François
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Happy Hogan
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Joe Dorgan
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Mike Wien, an Alaskan bush pilot operating the the Bering Sea area, makes friends with John W. Wetherby, posing as a wealthy American businessman. But, in reality, he is a Russian spy on his way to Siberia carrying microfilms of U.S. defense installations. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Arctic pilot Wayne Morris gets involved with Lola Albright and Alan Hale, Jr.
13 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Arctic Flight" (1952) has an apt title. It takes place in the snowy, cold and windy Arctic, and Wayne Morris plays a pilot of a single-engine airplane. We get glimpses of reindeer herds running, a wolf being shot and a polar bear being hunted from the air. We see Eskimos in an indoor dance of theirs done for their own amusement. Lola Albright arrives where she is to be flown to a tiny community to become their teacher. The previous one has been shot dead by the Russians who have an outpost just across the International Date Line. Morris won't fly the whole way; he's wary of the Russians. We see Morris and Albright dog-sledding part of the way. They're delayed for awhile due to wind and snow, in which case the sled turned on its side doubles for shelter and cuddling.

Morris gets a contract to fly Alan Hale, Jr. around because he wants to bag a polar bear. The gregarious Hale is also inquisitive. Something is not quite right with him. He's a Russian spy as the IMDb plot summary says.

The story isn't much, really, but we do get a taste of the Arctic. The movie is pleasant with a dash of intrigue. Some sparks fly here and there, but the movie never really catches fire. The three main actors all are competent and have appeared in far larger productions than this Monogram effort, before and after. They give it their all and a film like this keeps them working in film and TV. It keeps their careers going. There's not too much that director Lew Landers can do with this material. At this point, he had a long history of b-films. He was about to move over to TV work. But in subsequent years he'd occasionally get back to a feature film, such as "Man in the Dark", "The Cruel Tower", and "Hot Rod Gang". "Arctic Flight" doesn't come up to those later films, but it's hard to dislike an unpretentious movie like this.


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