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Murder in the Clouds (1934)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance | 15 December 1934 (USA)
Bob "three star" is the hotshot pilot for Trans America Lines. When he is not flying for the airlines, he can get into trouble doing aerobatics over the field. His main squeeze is Judy ... See full summary »


D. Ross Lederman


Roy Chanslor (story), Dore Schary (story) | 2 more credits »


Complete credited cast:
Lyle Talbot ... 'Three Star' Bob Halsey
Ann Dvorak ... Judy Wagner
Gordon Westcott ... George Wexley
Robert Light ... Tom Wagner
George Cooper ... Wings Mahoney
Charles C. Wilson ... Lackey (as Charles Wilson)
Henry O'Neill ... John Brownell
Russell Hicks ... Taggart
Arthur Pierson ... Jason
Edward McWade ... Clement Williams
Clay Clement ... Flight Commander
Eddie Shubert ... Eddie
Wheeler Oakman ... Joe
Nick Copeland Nick Copeland ... Accomplice
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Bob "three star" is the hotshot pilot for Trans America Lines. When he is not flying for the airlines, he can get into trouble doing aerobatics over the field. His main squeeze is Judy Wagner, a stewardess for the airlines. Tom Wagner, her younger brother has just started flying for the line. Tom and Bob are to fly on a secret mission to carry a scientist with a new high explosive mixture to Washington. Unfortunately, Jason, secretary to Mr. Lackey, is working for a secret foreign power and hears about the flight. This causes Bob to get jumped before the flight so another pilot, George, volunteers to take Bob's place. When the plane explodes in flight, there is a race between government agents to get the mixture back and the bad guys to get the mixture out of the country. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Did You Know?


American Film Institute Catalog of Feature Films (1931-40) lists Edward McWade as Pilot Saunders, but in the film itself McWade plays Clement Williams, the important plane passenger, and Pilot Saunders is played by up-and-coming young actor Bill Elliott (aa Wild Bill Elliott). See more »


I'll String Along with You
(1934) (uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the carnival scene
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A fun briskly paced B-film from the 30's
15 May 2010 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

This is a 7 if compared with other hour-long B features of the day, not when compared with the A features of the same time period. There are plot holes big enough for ace pilot 3-star (Lyle Talbot) to fly his plane through, but that's OK, because the pace is brisk and the film is full of action. I won't list all of the questions that the characters - not to mention the screenplay writer - should have been asking, because I'd give too much away.

Suffice it to say that pilot Bob 'Three Star' Halsey gets himself grounded for hot-shotting in the air near the airport where he is based. His boss would love to fire him, but both the boss and Three Star know he's too good a pilot for him to lose him to another airline. Of course Halsey has a girl, Judy Wagner (Ann Dvorak), and Judy has a brother who is also a pilot based out of the airport. Up to now Judy has been having to share Bob with his love of the air, but along comes an espionage plot centering around an important invention needed by the military that is to be transported by the airline that soon changes everything.

There are some great aerial scenes here, and although the laws of reason - and sometimes physics as well as the limitations of human eyesight - are being violated left and right, it turns out to be fun although somewhat formulaic without being corny.

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15 December 1934 (USA) See more »

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