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The Flying Serpent (1946)

Approved | | Horror | 1 February 1946 (USA)
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The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl, the Killer Bird God, and accidentally kills his wife by ... See full summary »


Sam Newfield (as Sherman Scott)


John T. Neville (screenplay by), John T. Neville (original story by)





Cast overview:
George Zucco ... Prof. Andrew Forbes
Ralph Lewis Ralph Lewis ... Richard Thorpe
Hope Kramer Hope Kramer ... Mary Forbes
Eddie Acuff ... Jerry 'Jonsey' Jones
Wheaton Chambers Wheaton Chambers ... Louis Havener
James Metcalf James Metcalf ... Dr. John Lambert (as James Metcalfe)
Henry Hall ... Sheriff Bill Hayes
Milton Kibbee ... Hastings (as Miltin Kibbee)
Budd Buster ... Head of Inquest
Terry Frost ... Vance Bennett


The demented archaeologist Dr. Andrew Forbes discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl, the Killer Bird God, and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Now Dr. Forbes uses this twisted knowledge to extract revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the serpent's feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Relic of an ancient terror born a billion years ago!




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Did You Know?


Shot in 1945, not released until 1946. See more »


Wires are visible on the monster when it is air-born. See more »


Mary Forbes: Doctor Lambert, I wish there had never been any such thing as Aztec Indians! Father does nothing but think, dream and talk Aztecs!
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Crazy Credits

Director Jean Yarbrough's name spelled as ``Yarborough'' in credits. See more »


Referenced in Q (1982) See more »

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Entertaining hokum for those with a taste for the outrageous.
24 October 2001 | by youroldpaljimSee all my reviews

Of all the horror films cranked by the poverty row studio's in the 1940's, those made by PRC were the most outrageous. THE FLYING SERPENT is a case in point. George Zucco, who was always entertaining as the villain in these films, plays a mad archaeologist who discovers a hidden Aztec treasure and living Archaeopterx. Zucco is convinced the prehistoric bird he has found is the actual feathered serpent god Quetzalcoatl of the Aztecs. Zucco discovers the bird is very jealous of its feathers and will kill anyone who possess one and uses the bird to knock off his enemies.

A lot of people have mercilessly trashed this minor little thriller. I must confess, I have a lot of affection for it. Its actually very entertaining if viewed in the right frame of mind. Scenes of the big bird flying stiffly through the air and landing on the people, border on the surreal. George Zucco was always entertaining in these pictures and he is very entertaining here. I don't think one could say Zucco ever walked through a part.

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Release Date:

1 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer with Wings See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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