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Death in the Air (1936)

Aircraft are being shot down by a large black plane with a big "X" painted on the wing. The chief suspects are invited for the weekend to an old dark mansion.

Director:

Elmer Clifton

Writers:

Bernard McConville (story), Charles R. Condon (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lona Andre ... Helen Gage
John Carroll ... Jerry Blackwood
Leon Ames ... Carl Goering
Henry Hall ... Henry Goering
John S. Peters John S. Peters ... Lt. Baron von Guttard
Gaston Glass ... Lt. Rene La Rue
Pat Somerset ... Capt. Roland Saunders
Wheeler Oakman ... Lt. Douglas Thompson
Reed Howes ... Lt. John Ives
John Elliott ... Dr. Norris
Willard Kent Willard Kent ... Inspector Gallagher
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Planes are being shot down by a large black plane with a large "X" painted on the wing. The chief suspects are invited for the weekend to an old dark mansion. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Mystery rides the clouds in a murder plane


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Mysterious Bombardier See more »

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Fanchon Royer Pictures See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film received its television premiere Friday 27 October 1939 on New York's pioneer television station W2XBS. See more »

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Breezy mystery about a mysterious pilot shooting down planes is a good way to spend an hour
3 January 2006 | by dbborroughsSee all my reviews

When planes are crashing from an unknown cause the government at first suspects mechanical trouble. However when a survivor of one of the crashes mentions that a mysterious plane with large X's on the wing was spotted just as the plane exploded its realized that something more is afoot. Its quickly deduced that the murderous pilot is an ex-airmen from the great war, so all of the airmen in the area are rounded up both to help hunt down the killer and to allow for all the suspects to be in one place.

This is a breezy little mystery with planes engaging in dogfights, secret panels, secret rooms, murder on the ground (in addition to in the air), romance and various other mystery standbys. Its a great deal of fun to try and guess who Pilot X is from among all of the possible suspects, though you'll probably have it narrowed down to one or two possibilities from the get go. It moves along at a nice clip and keeps you engaged for its just over an hour running time. Think of it as a aerial version of Ten Little Indians.

Worth a bag of popcorn, a soda and an hour of your time.


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