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Danger Flight (1939)

Approved | | Adventure | 1 November 1939 (USA)
Tailspin Tommy is flying through a severe storm to deliver a payroll. What he doesn't know is that a gang of crooks is setting a trap for him in order to get their hands on the money.


Howard Bretherton


Byron Morgan (screenplay), Edwin C. Parsons (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
John Trent ... Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Marjorie Reynolds ... Betty Lou Barnes
Milburn Stone ... Skeeter Milligan
Jason Robards Sr. ... Paul Smith (as Jason Robards)
Tommy Baker Tommy Baker ... Whitey
Dennis Moore ... Mike
Julius Tannen ... Dawson
Eddie Parker ... Williams (as Edwin Parker)
Joseph E. Bernard Joseph E. Bernard ... Brown (as Joe Bernard)
Harry Harvey Jr. Harry Harvey Jr. ... Johnny
Walter Wills Walter Wills ... Cap
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Johnnie Fleming Johnnie Fleming


Tailspin Tommy is flying through a severe storm to deliver a payroll. What he doesn't know is that a gang of crooks is setting a trap for him in order to get their hands on the money.

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You're Crazy, Tommy, No Plane Can Hold Together in a Storm Like This! See more »




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Release Date:

1 November 1939 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »


Betty Lou: Tommy says it's as natural for kids today to want to fly as to swim or play football.
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Follows Stunt Pilot (1939) See more »

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A Decent Movie for 12-Year Old Boys
26 November 2010 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

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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