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Tailspin Tommy (1934)

A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself.

Director:

Lew Landers (as Louis Friedlander)

Writers:

Hal Forrest (adapted from the newspaper strip), Norman S. Hall (screenplay) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maurice Murphy ... Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Noah Beery Jr. ... Skeeter Milligan
Patricia Farr ... Betty Lou Barnes
Walter Miller ... Bruce Hoyt
Grant Withers ... Milt Howe
Charles A. Browne ... Paul Smith
Bryant Washburn ... Mr. Grant - Film Director of 'Midnight Patrol', Chs. 10-12
Belle Daube Belle Daube ... Mrs. Martha Tompkins, Tommy's Mother - Chs. 1, 12
John Davidson ... Wade 'Tiger' Taggart
Harrison Greene Harrison Greene ... Air Circus Announcer [Ch. 2]
William Desmond ... Sloane - Taggart's Office Henchman, Chs. 4, 7, 10-11
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Victor Martin - Three Point Airport Dispatcher
John Ince ... Eric Peabody [Chs. 3-5]
Lee Beggs ... Deacon Grimes [Chs. 1,12]
Ethan Laidlaw ... Bart Dirk, Henchman
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A young mechanic gets a job with a small airline, which he helps win a mail contract. A rival airline plots to destroy it in order to get the contracts for itself. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Hal Forrest's great cartoon heroes on the screen in a screaming serial of the skyways!...Breathless excitement awaits you. Come! TWELVE TERRIFIC EPISODES!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Crime

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tommy, o anemostrovilos See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The first of two Universal Pictures serials and four Monogram Pictures feature films based on Hal Forrest's syndicated comic strip. See more »

Goofs

Chapter nine: During the earthquake sequence when Tommy, Skeeter and Betty are escaping from the hotel, Betty is in the forefront with a hat on, but when Tommy and Skeeter reach her, she has no hat. See more »

Connections

Followed by Stunt Pilot (1939) See more »

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stalwart heroes face underhanded heavies in air action
27 April 2001 | by mryersonSee all my reviews

The thirties, drifting unknowingly toward the horrors of WW2, provided the context for these appropriately earnest young men to prove themselves by successfully competing for a mail contract( it could have been anything of value). The villains are devious and uncomplicated. The women chaste and nearly helpless. The acting (especially Noah Berry, Jr and Grant Withers) projects to the highest seat in the balcony. The flying sequences may be the best the film has to offer but on a Saturday afternoon in the mid-thirties this was quite good enough, thank you. This film stands as a worthy example of our sweet, innocent past.


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