Flying students Danny Collins, Jinx Roberts, Scrapper McKay and Zombie Parker are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. The latter is an engineer, Arthur Galt, who has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa. Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason and his daughter Andre. Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Kurt von Heiger. The four cadets, thinking Galt is their friend, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names of the murder charges. They are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson. Written by
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CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Black Hangman Strikes; 2. Menaced by Murderers; 3. Into the Flames; 4. The Door to Death; 5. Crashed in a Carter; 6. Rendezvous with Doom; 7. Gestapo Execution; 8. Masters of Treachery; 9. Wings of Destruction; 10. Caught in the Caves of An-Kar-Ban; 11. Hostages for Treason; 12. The Black Hangman Strikes Again; 13. The Toll of Treason. See more »
The Black Hangman, a Nazi spy, is murdering members of an expedition that the Hangman (in his civilian identity of Arthur Galt- engineering consultant) undertook in Africa and uncovered a supply of helium in the caves of An-Ker-Ban. A group of four young Flying Cadets (Danny, Jinx, Scrapper, and Zombie) are the primary suspects for two of the Hangman's murders and they fly to Africa (with Galt) to clear themselves and break up the Nazi sabotage plan. Decent serial at the beginning with the Cadets going after the Black Hangman while he commits his sabotage acts, but after the he's revealed as Galt in chapter 3 and then heads towards Africa, the serial becomes mostly non stop talking scenes with the Hangman and all the Nazi agents just suspecting double crosses and shooting each other. Downs, Jordan, Wood & Benedict are very good as the young fliers (an improvement over the Dead End Kids in their 3 serials), while Ciannelli and Armstrong, make for good villains. I wish though the Black Hangman had more to do with the story later on in the serial. Holt is beautiful to look at, but she's not even seen until chapter 6, and she doesn't interact well with the story. A bunch of implausible cliffhangers, but decent dialogue. Rating, based on serials, 6.
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