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Sky Patrol (1939)

"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and ... See full summary »


Howard Bretherton


George Waggner (screenplay) (as Joseph West), Norton S. Parker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
John Trent ... Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Marjorie Reynolds ... Betty Lou Barnes
Milburn Stone ... Skeeter Milligan
Jason Robards Sr. ... Paul Smith - Three Points Airfield Owner (as Jason Robards)
Jackie Coogan ... Carter Meade
Dickie Jones ... Bobby Landis
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Col. Meade
John Daheim John Daheim ... Ryan (as Johnnie Day)
Bryant Washburn ... Bainbridge
LeRoy Mason ... Mitch
John S. Peters John S. Peters ... Jackson (as John Peters)


"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and coast-lines, on the lookout for smugglers. Carter Meade, whose father is the Colonel in charge of the patrol, has a terror of firing guns and his father insists he conquer this fear. Tommy sends him out on patrol, on orders from Washington D. C., to stop any unfamiliar aircraft. Carter challenges an unmarked amphibian plane, which opens fire on him. Carter, afraid to shoot, bails out as his plane is shot down. Carter is missing, and Tommy and Skeeter are searching for him and the mysterious airplane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LAW BREAKERS OF THE AIR! Twentieth century sky racketeers...flying foes of Tailspin Tommy's dare-devil air police! See more »


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Release Date:

12 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tailspin Tommy in Sky Patrol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gun runners appear to be flying a Douglas Dolphin amphibian. See more »


Follows Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery (1935) See more »

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After The Kid and before Uncle Fester
24 August 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Monogram Pictures gave us Sky Patrol in 1939 and the most memorable thing about it was it featured Jackie Coogan after he was Charlie Chaplin's Kid and before he was Uncle Fester. In 1939 you could see Coogan's brow getting higher and higher.

Coogan is a young man the son of Boyd Irwin the colonel in charge of the the Sky Patrol. A dutiful young man Coogan has joined the Sky Patrol and has come under the tutelage of the legendary Talespin Tommy and his sidekick Skeeter. But in his heart wants to go to medical school.

It was war closing in and any other time this kid would have gone to medical school and been a MASH doctor like Hawkeye and Trapper making their war contribution doing what they do best. I certainly wouldn't have gone into aviation to please my father.

Anyway when Coogan gets captured by smugglers who hold him for their own nefarious purposes, John Trent and Milburn Stone as Tommy and Skeeter have to rescue him and capture the smugglers.

Aviation buffs will like Sky Patrol. I can't think of anyone else doing so.

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