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Air Patrol (1962)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 17 July 1962 (USA)
L.A. detective Sgt. Castle and his two partners investigate the theft of a valuable Fragonard painting by a thief who pilots a helicopter.



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Complete credited cast:
Lt. Vern Taylor
Mona Whitney
Sgt. Bob Castle
John Holland ...
Arthur Murcott
Russ Bender ...
Sgt. Lou Kurnitz
Millard Nolan
George Eldredge ...
Howie Franklin
Ivan Bonar ...
Oliver Dunning
Jack Younger ...
Paper Boy
Glen Marshall ...
Security Guard
Ray Dannis ...
Security Guard
Stacey Winters ...
Mrs. Hortense Jackter
LaRue Farlow ...
Nolan's Associate


L.A. detective Sgt. Castle and his two partners investigate the theft of a valuable Fragonard painting by a thief who pilots a helicopter.

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painting | helicopter | art theft | See All (3) »


Cops go airborne!


Crime | Drama






Release Date:

17 July 1962 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Caza aérea  »

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2.35 : 1
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The helicopter used, N8417E, is a 1960 Bell 47G. See more »


During the final chase scene along the LA River, there are several shots from the car's driver's point of view of the helicopter, interspersed with shots from well above the helicopter looking down. From the ground, the helicopter appears to be hundreds and hundreds of feet above him. From the aerial view, the helicopter is perhaps one hundred feet above the ground. See more »

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The Eyes in the Skies
7 September 2017 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This film Air Patrol looks like a pilot for a television series involving the Air Patrol of the Los Angeles Police Department. Robert Dix plays a retired Air Force helicopter pilot now doing the same thing for the LAPD.

The plot concerns the theft and then ransom demand for a valuable painting. The thieves slugged Merry Anders and made off at night with the painting from a helicopter off the roof of the Los Angeles building it was in.

Willard Parker of the robbery detail and Dix of Air Patrol handle the theft and the demand for ransom. The surveillance of the Air Patrol is of course the key to solving the case and recovering a painting.

Routine action film, obviously no television series came from this. Nothing terribly special.

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