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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.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writer:

William R. Lipman (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Nick Carter
Donald Meek ... Bartholomew
Kaaren Verne ... Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley ... Cortland Grand
Joyce Compton ... Christine Cross
Tom Conway ... Andrew Hendon
George Lessey ... Senator Monrose
Dorothy Tree ... Kathe
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Crattan
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts George Watts ... Judge Whitmore
Byron Foulger ... Kuse
William Tannen ... Gus
Milton Parsons ... Brock
Tom Neal ... Steve - Pilot
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Storyline

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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Nick Carter Tackles His Toughest Case as Murder Rides the Air Lanes. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Murder - A New Nick Carter Adventure See more »

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Budget:

$212,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The airplane in the film, registration NC21769, is a 1939 Douglas DC-3/DST (Douglas Sleeper Transport) owned by American Airlines and named "Flagship Joplin". See more »

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Nick Carter carries the unconscious Karen Verne upstairs to the bedroom but she lifts her arm to clear the bed as he lays her down. See more »

Quotes

Bartholomew: [as Bartholomew suddenly comes in the door] Bartholomew reports.
Nick Carter: Look, will you scram?
Bartholomew: Never! Your assistant goes where you go.
Nick Carter: [In frustration] Beeswax, didn't I tell you before I left New York that this was merely a pleasure jaunt?
Bartholomew: Ah, but I never know when crime will rear its ugly kid.
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Follows Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) See more »

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Nick Carter's last case
19 October 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"Sky Murder" turned out to be Nick Carter's final case, which is a shame. The series had a lot going for it, including handsome, commanding Walter Pidgeon as Carter in one of his best roles. "Sky Murder" is a fast-moving mystery involving subversives - Nazis no doubt. Ten years later and it would have been Communists. After a murder in a locked airplane compartment, a German refugee (Kaaren Verne) becomes a suspect, and Nick is sure she didn't do it. It's never easy for Nick to work on a case because of people who won't leave him alone, and this time is no different. Donald Meek as Bartholemew is still around with his bees, and he has a hilarious fight scene. There's also a pseudo-detective, Christine Cross (Joyce Compton) who is a complete airhead.

This series had a nice, chaotic and humorous feel to it, with the anchor ably provided by Pidgeon who puts up with Bartholemew and here, Compton, but never seems to get flustered. Really fun. It's a shame there were so few of the Nick Carter films.


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