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Murder in the Air (1940)

Approved | | Action, Thriller, Drama | 1 June 1940 (USA)
The corpse of a hobo with a $50,000 money belt helps Brass and Gabby crack a cell of fifth columnists bent on sabotage.

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... Brass Bancroft
... Saxby
... Hilda Riker
... Joe Garvey
... Gabby Watters
... Doctor Finchley
Victor Zimmerman ... Rumford
... Admiral Winfield
... Commander Wayne
... Hotel Clerk
Owen King ... George Hayden
Dick Rich ... John Kramer
... Otto
... Dolly
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Enemy agents are everywhere and they are sabotaging all important war deliveries. The body of a hobo found in a train wreck had a money belt with $50,000 and a tattoo of a circle and arrow. This is a tattoo for saboteurs for hire and Brass must impersonate the dead man to find out what his orders are. As Steve Coe, he meets with the band of enemy agents in California and everything goes well until the wife of the dead 'Hobo' shows up. Luckily, Gabby is able to save Brass and Brass learns what is his assignment. He is to board the USN airship 'Mason', which is testing the super secret Inertia Projector, and destroy the airship. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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David Newell is in studio records for a role in this film, but he does not appear. See more »

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Admiral Winfield, aboard the dirigible, is referred to as Chief of Naval Operaitons, but wears the stripes of a rear admiral. An unnamed admiral aboard a surface ship wears the stripes of a full admiral, the usual rank of CNO. See more »

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Brass Bancroft: Sabotage?
Saxby: Yes, but we're primarily interested n the body of a hobo that was found dead in the wreckage. He was wearing a money belt containing fifty thousand dollars.
Gabby Watters: [Whistles] A little spending money! He must have been king of the hobos!
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How Ronald Reagan learned to love the Star Wars defense
27 June 2003 | by See all my reviews

This movie is notable for what it wrought 40 years later. In the film, Reagan's character -- Brass Bancroft -- is a government "T"-man who is tasked to protect a new secret weapon called the Inertia Protector, which can destroy all incoming bombs before they hit the US. Total nonsense, of course, but it does explain, years later, why Reagan really believed in Star Wars. He had already seen it work in a movie.


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