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Sky Raiders (1941)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 8 April 1941 (USA)
Enemy spies try to steal a new fighter plane.


Ford Beebe, Ray Taylor


Eliot Gibbons (story), Clarence Upson Young (screenplay) | 1 more credit »

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Complete credited cast:
Donald Woods ... Capt. Bob Dayton / John Kane
Billy Halop ... Tim Bryant
Robert Armstrong ... Lt. Ed Carey
Eduardo Ciannelli ... Felix Lynx (as Edward Cianelli)
Kathryn Adams ... Mary Blake
Jacqueline Dalya ... Innis Clair
Jean Fenwick ... The Countess Irene [Ch. 4]
Reed Hadley ... Caddens - Henchman
Irving Mitchell Irving Mitchell ... R.S. Hinchfield
Edgar Edwards ... Teal - Henchman [Chs. 3-6]
John Holland ... Hess - Henchman
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Maj. Gen. Fletcher [Chs. 1-2, 4, 11-12]
Alex Callam ... Capt. Long [Chs. 1-2, 4, 11-12]
Phil Warren Phil Warren ... Bakeman [Ch. 4] (as Philip Warren)
Bill Cody Jr. ... Jack Hurd


Former World War One ace Captain Bob Dayton (Donald Woods), with his buddy, Lieutenant Ed Carey (Robert Armstrong), operates Sky Raiders Inc., an airplane manufacturer. Dayton has perfected a fast pursuit plane intended for the U.S. Army. But Felix Lynx (Eduardo Ciannelli), an agent for a foreign government, has a spy in the Sky Raiders office that keeps him informed about the new airplane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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AMAZING AIR ADVENTURES AGAINST SPIES IN THE SKIES! Heroes battle for America's air defense...in the most sensational sky-serial ever made! (original posters) See more »


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Release Date:

8 April 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Guerra en el aire See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal 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?


CHAPTER TITLES: 1. Wings of Disaster; 2. Death Rides the Storm; 3. The Toll of Treachery; 4. Battle in the Clouds; 5. The Fatal Blast; 6. Stark Terror; 7. Flaming Doom; 8. The Plunge of Terror; 9. Torturing Trials; 10. Flash of Fate; 11. Terror of the Storm; 12. Winning Warriors. See more »


Edited into The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944) See more »

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Too Much Lady Luck
11 February 2007 | by Mike-764See all my reviews

Captain Robert Dayton, former World War I ace, has started Sky Raiders, Inc. plane manufacturing and has created a new stealth flier. This plane has also caught the eye of Felix Lynx, enemy spy, who wants the plane to sell to a foreign power. Lynx' confederates try to capture the plane or get Dayton to give them the plans, but Dayton, and friends Ed Carey, secretary Mary Blake, and young flier Tim Bryant foil their pursuits. The serial is way too short on plot and character utilization, but goes way heavy on footage of stunt flying and way too much plot padding (especially from a early 40's Universal) Woods does not seem to be the effective serial lead (but that's mainly because of plot), Ciannelli is hardly in the serial enough to be effective, and the rest of the cast is only ho hum. The plot could have been filled out more if the villains were Nazis or Fifth Columnists, but its very weak here. The cliffhangers are practically all car or plane crashes, and even has one w/ Dayton jumping out of a low flying plane without a scratch or bruise. Rating, based on serials, 4.

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