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Sky Murder (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1940 (USA)
A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Nick Carter
... Bartholomew
... Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
... Cortland Grand
... Christine Cross
... Andrew Hendon
... Senator Monrose
... Kathe
... Dr. Crattan
... Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts ... Judge Whitmore
... Kuse
... Gus
... Brock
... Steve - Pilot
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Pat Evans is a German expatriate who is loyal to her new adopted home, the United States. A shadowy German bund operating in the Long Island area tries to recruit as the sophisticated but lecherous Andrew Hendon tries to physically coerce her into joining. While she is flying in the private plane of Cortland Grand, a rich friend of Nick Carter's, she knocks Hendon unconscious in self defense, but leaves him alive in a rear compartment of the plane. When the steward discovers the body, he finds Herndon stabbed in the throat by a nail file. Before the trip is over, the co-pilot is also stabbed to death. Luckily for Pat, one of the passengers on Grand's plane is famed New York detective Nick Carter. Although he is off-duty, the resourceful sleuth along with Beeswax, his bizarre sidekick, and beautiful Southern Chris Cross, a female gumshoe, breaks up a secret cell of Nazi saboteurs and FIfth Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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27 September 1940 (USA)  »

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Sky Murder - A New Nick Carter Adventure  »

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$212,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Ralph Dunn is in studio records/casting call lists in the role of policeman, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Nick Carter's sidekick Bartholomew enters with a gun drawn, a Colt automatic, but the next cut shows him holding a revolver. This continues until the car chase scene where he regains the automatic. See more »

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Bartholomew: [Taking out two guns in the back seat and pointing them in opposite directions and then talking to the driver] Stop the car immediately, sir! I you fail, you're a dead mam.
Dr. Crattan: How did you arrive at that conclusion?
Bartholomew: [Matter-of-factly] I'll shoot him.
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Slick adventure provides lightweight entertainment, mild excitement
27 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon returns for a third appearance as suave-yet-rugged detective Nick Carter in this fast-paced spy picture.

Set very much on the eve of America's entrance into WWII, the plot involves American traitors distributing flyers about a new regime and Nick Carter's (initially reluctant) efforts to track down and put them out of business. Spies, patriotism, murder – it's a neat little movie featuring a solid cast and efficient script.

Donald Meek offers able assistance and mild comic relief as Bartholomew the Bee Man. Put in charge of escorting a group of ladies off of a plane, he gets a little overzealous: "The first one that makes a break dies like a dog!" he barks. (Of course, they trample him and give him a bump on the head.)

Other capable cast members include Tom Conway as a shady character; Kaaren Verne as an earnest immigrant pressured to betray her new country; and Joyce Compton as would-be detective Chris Cross.

Walter Pidgeon looks like he's enjoying himself as the dashing lead character who spouts like dialog like, "Well, this is swell. Seven beautiful girls and every one of them a murder suspect."

There's not much substance, really, but it's a pleasant mix of adventure, mystery and comedy.


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