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Murder in the Air (1940)

The corpse of a hobo with a $50,000 money belt helps Brass and Gabby crack a cell of fifth columnists bent on sabotage.

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writer:

Raymond L. Schrock (original screen play) (as Raymond Schrock)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ronald Reagan ... Brass Bancroft
John Litel ... Saxby
Lya Lys ... Hilda Riker
James Stephenson ... Joe Garvey
Eddie Foy Jr. ... Gabby Watters
Robert Warwick ... Doctor Finchley
Victor Zimmerman Victor Zimmerman ... Rumford
William Gould ... Admiral Winfield
Kenneth Harlan ... Commander Wayne
Frank Wilcox ... Hotel Clerk
Owen King Owen King ... George Hayden
Dick Rich Dick Rich ... John Kramer
Charles Brokaw ... Otto
Helen Lynd ... Dolly
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Storyline

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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Action | Thriller | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desenmascarados See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The Rice Commission in this film is modelled after the actual "Dies Sessions", a congressional committee at the time investigating espionage and sabotage in the United States. See more »

Goofs

The newspaper article about the testing of the new weapon misspells the word "capitals" (meaning governmental seats of countries) as "capitols." See more »

Quotes

Brass Bancroft: Hey, Gabby, come on. What's the matter?
Gabby Watters: Oh, I'm worried about my girl.
Brass Bancroft: Al right, so if you can't keep the date tonight, she'll cry on her mother's shoulder.
Gabby Watters: That's just what I'm worried about. She hasn't got a mother.
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Follows Smashing the Money Ring (1939) See more »

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Ronald Reagan's Led Zeppelin
7 March 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

After spies and saboteurs wreck havoc across the United States, Federal agent Ronald Reagan (as Brass Bancroft) and comic sidekick Eddie Foy Jr. (as Gabby Watters) go undercover to investigate. Secret Service head John Litel (as Saxby) gives Mr. Reagan the identity of dead spy "Steve Swenko". Reagan seeks James Stephenson (as Joe Garvey), who is being investigated for "Un-American Activities". Reagan has to deal with detectives pulling off his shirt to strip search him. Then, he must handle beautiful blonde Lya Lys (as Hilda Riker); the wife of the man he is supposed to be impersonating orders Reagan, "Talk fast and give the right answer!"

Eventually, the plot leads Reagan to board "The U.S. Dirigible 'Mason'" - apparently, so that filmmakers can edit in some exciting footage of a Hindenburg-type airship. Reagan, now undercover as seaman "Steve Coe", is ordered to destroy the airship "Mason" because it carries a new U.S. Defense weapon called the "Inertia Projector". This weapon, according to the script, "makes the United States invincible in war." Who, and what, will survive "Murder in the Air"? This is a patchwork movie for the future President.

*** Murder in the Air (1940) Lewis Seiler ~ Ronald Reagan, Eddie Foy Jr., John Litel


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