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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.

Director:

George B. Seitz

Writer:

William R. Lipman (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Nick Carter
Donald Meek ... Bartholomew
Kaaren Verne ... Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley ... Cortland Grand
Joyce Compton ... Christine Cross
Tom Conway ... Andrew Hendon
George Lessey ... Senator Monrose
Dorothy Tree ... Kathe
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Crattan
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts George Watts ... Judge Whitmore
Byron Foulger ... Kuse
William Tannen ... Gus
Milton Parsons ... Brock
Tom Neal ... Steve - Pilot
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Storyline

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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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Murder - A New Nick Carter Adventure See more »

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Budget:

$212,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary sources, Reginald Owen was initially cast as Dr. Cratton. 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 »

Quotes

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 Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939) See more »

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Nick without Nora!
12 June 2013 | by vawlkee_2000See all my reviews

This film is a real treat! People expect a major "film noir" edge and that was not the intent here! Whine all you want but this is for fun! One "critic" said it was fit for "eight year old boys". I disagree. It's witty, fast paced, well acted and directed! Perhaps some of these armchair Siskel and Eiberts should watch a similar film made a year later at Warner's, called "All Through the Night" with Bogie! A humorous spin on fifth columnists at work in the US. I find Donald Meek to be a real riot here. A goof who was remarkably resourceful. 1940 was a tumultuous time in the US, what with the war raging for a year in Europe. A film like this, while avoiding the usual flag waving makes it's point in a humorous light! Pidgeon has Bill Powell's easy going nature as he slowly gets to the bottom of the plot. A pity there weren't more in the series with Pidgeon at the forefront. A great cast of character actors makes this a stand out! Don't miss it!


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