Skyway (August 30, 1933)

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Skyway
 

Released on August 30, 1933: A brash fly-boy pilot takes a job at a bank to impress his girlfriend and is framed for a large bank theft.

Directed by Lewis D. Collins

The Actors: Ray Walker (Robert 'Flash' Norris), Kathryn Crawford (Lila Beaumont), Arthur Vinton (Jim Hamilton), Claude Gillingwater (John Beaumont), Lucien Littlefield (Webster), Tom Dugan (Tug), Jed Prouty (Calvin Baker), Alice Lake (Mazie), George 'Gabby' Hayes (George Taylor), Jack Kennedy (Police desk sergeant), Edmund Cobb (pilot Fredericks), King Baggot (agressive carnival troublemaker), Symona Boniface (Baker's girlfriend), John Webb Dillon (ship's officer), Jack Herrick (patrolman), Otto Hoffman (Mr. Hammond, man at bank), Alphonse Martell (store clerk), Charles McMurphy (ships officer), Frank Meredith (court policeman), Jack Pennick (Spike), Dick Rush (Pete), Jack C. Smith (policeman), Harry Tenbrook (truck driver)

 

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Bank Money Flying High

For the first half of this movie I must confess that I disliked the hero . . . no . . . . 'dislike' is the wrong word . . . I absolutely hated this fellow. What a cocky, self-centered, know-it-all, bruising for a fist fight, crude, rude man. Anyone that gets in his way, whether intentional or by mistake, feels his fist and not his smile. He has no time to think - just time to act. 'Flash' Norris, played by Ray Walker, is totally opposite to my personality. I am a 'measure twice, cut once' kind of fellow . . . sure and steady, plodding along without looking right or left. But by the middle of the movie I didn't hate him anymore . . . I was extremely jealous. I found myself wishing that I could muster some of his brash impulsiveness . . . he gets a job in one of the most boring and unexciting businesses in the world - banking - and his brash excitement brings a breath of fresh air to our old bankers and when a fortune is stolen from the bank he jumps into action and single-handedly chases the villain with his bi-plane to bring him back to justice. Here is what you need to know before you watch this wonderful adventure. The year is 1933 and the world is in the deepest part of the Great Depression. Banks are failing every day, business is struggling to survive, and air travel is in its infancy. The fly-boys who jockey these new flying machines are the dare-devils of the day . . . some people love them with their sense of adventure, facing death every time they take to the air . . . and some people think that they are totally crazy . . . why would anyone with two good legs leave the ground and dare the fates by flying in the air! Our hero, cocky 25 year old 'Flash' Norris gets fired from his flying job and at the same time meets pretty, young twenty year old Lila, who likes speed as much as he does, but her weapon of choice is a fast car instead of an airplane. Lila's father is a banker, and Lila gets her guy a job in daddy's bank, and Flash tries to handle the precise but boring task of taking in and giving out money and recording the transactions accurately. He manages to get along with the bankers without punching any of them in the chin . . . with some difficulty, because he wants the banker's daughter very much and will try to adapt to the sedate ways of banking for her sake. Ahhhh . . . but this would be pretty boring if that was all there was . . . we need a crook to steal bank funds, then frame Flash for the loss right before a bank audit. Framed for the cash loss and ready to face the charges Flash takes off in a special bi-plane that can land on the water to chase down the villain who is heading for South America with all of the bank's money aboard a steam ship. Whoa! Banking has seldom been as exciting as this! Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.

Ray Walker as aviator Flash Norris
Ray Walker as aviator Flash Norris
Ray Walker faces a punch in the nose from a big brute
Ray Walker faces a punch in the nose from a big brute
Kathryn Crawford primps before facing the judge
Kathryn Crawford primps before facing the judge
Arhtur Vinton as banker Jim Hamilton
Arhtur Vinton as banker Jim Hamilton
Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Vinton and Kathryn Crawford
Claude Gillingwater, Arthur Vinton and Kathryn Crawford
Claude Gillingwater and Arthur Vinton
Claude Gillingwater and Arthur Vinton
Claude Gillingwater and Kathryn Crawford
Claude Gillingwater and Kathryn Crawford
Claude Gillingwater as bank president John Beaumont in Skyway
Claude Gillingwater as bank president John Beaumont in Skyway
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Kathryn Crawford in Skyway
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Kathryn Crawford in Skyway
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Tom Dugan
George 'Gabby' Hayes and Tom Dugan
Jack C. Smith, Ray Walker and Tom Dugan
Jack C. Smith, Ray Walker and Tom Dugan
Jack C. Smith arrests Ray Walker
Jack C. Smith arrests Ray Walker
Jack C. Smith as a beat policeman in Skyway
Jack C. Smith as a beat policeman in Skyway
Jack C. Smith buttons his coat
Jack C. Smith buttons his coat
Jack Kennedy as the desk Sergeant in Skyway
Jack Kennedy as the desk Sergeant in Skyway
Jed Prouty and Claude Gillingwater
Jed Prouty and Claude Gillingwater
Jed Prouty as banker Calvin Baker
Jed Prouty as banker Calvin Baker
Jed Prouty in Skyway
Jed Prouty in Skyway
Kathryn Crawford and Claude Gillingwater in Skyway
Kathryn Crawford and Claude Gillingwater in Skyway
Kathryn Crawford and George 'Gabby' Hayes at the airport
Kathryn Crawford and George 'Gabby' Hayes at the airport
Kathryn Crawford as Lila Beaumont in Skyway
Kathryn Crawford as Lila Beaumont in Skyway
Lucien Littlefield as banker Webster in Skyway
Lucien Littlefield as banker Webster in Skyway
Ray Walker and Arthur Vinton
Ray Walker and Arthur Vinton
Ray Walker and George 'Gabby' Hayes
Ray Walker and George 'Gabby' Hayes
Ray Walker and Jed Prouty
Ray Walker and Jed Prouty
Ray Walker and Lucien Littlefield
Ray Walker and Lucien Littlefield
Ray Walker, Tom Dugan and Edmond Cobb in Skyway
Ray Walker, Tom Dugan and Edmond Cobb in Skyway