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Tommy says it's as natural for kids today to want to fly as to swim or play football.
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Comic strip star Tailspin Tommy befriends a surly youth who likes to play with model planes. Can Tommy fly one DANGER FLIGHT after another and still have time to turn this child into a productive young member of society?
Monogram had a well-deserved reputation for knowing its audience and never worrying it with too many challenges. In this case, the producers have, rather cleverly, brought a rather generic pilot hero from the comic strips to life by intermixing the standard flier daring-do with a unique plot about model airplanes, and a not so unique troubled youth with a criminal brother plot. All of this in effect makes the kid the protagonist of the story, and Tailspin himself a supporting character available for firm jawed daring-do during terribly stormy weather and the inevitable kidnapping/robbery plot. The result is good for Monogram -- it moves quickly enough that the gaping geographical holes in the plot are easy enough to ignore.
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