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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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This film was first telecast in Los Angeles Thursday 21 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11), followed by Chicago 19 April 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Altoona PA 3 May 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10), by Amarillo 29 July 1957 on KFDA (Channel 19), by Tucson 28 August 1957 on KVOA (Channel 4), by Philadelphia 2 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), by Spokane 10 October 1957 on KHQ (Channel 6), and by San Francisco 19 February 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); in Seattle, its earliest documented airing took place 16 January 1959 on KING (Channel 5), and in New York City 14 August 1960 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Bartholomew rolls out of the taxi he tears his coat at the left elbow. When he appears right after that in the rear of the plane it is no longer ripped. See more »

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Christine Cross: I got a clue for you. It has something to do with cake.
Nick Carter: Cut me a slice, honey.
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Follows Phantom Raiders (1940) See more »

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The Best of the Three Nick Carter's
14 December 2012 | by See all my reviews

The most interesting and entertaining of the three films that opened up a little and went outdoors and included a heavy plot of spies and Nazis on the home front. There is that dreaded printing press that the subversives use to peddle their poison with fliers like "Don't be Doped by America".

There is also quite a bit of gun-play and this one is as serious as the series ever got. But it is not without the standard flaws. The Detective as a relentless womanizer (in all its overdone cringe inducement here), the almost ever present Beeswax his always irritating sidekick, the cute ditsy, dumb dame, and the German-American included so we can understand America's tolerance (but not after Pearl Harbor) for all Nationalities despite their governments evil ways. Did we really have to be reminded we are the good guys in such a heavy handed manner?

Sure we did, because repetition works, and this series was just another palatable picture used as a delivery device to a yet to be convinced public that we are about to join the fight against fascism. A noble cause. That is also the best that could be said about the Nick Carter Series.


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