Tailspin Tommy in Stunt Pilot (July 2, 1939)
Released on July 2, 1939: (running time 61 minutes) A movie director filming an airplane war movie commits the almost perfect murder, framing Tailspin Tommy as the killer.
Produced by Paul Malvern
Directed by george waGGner
Written by Hal Forrest, Scott Darling and george waGGner
The Actors: John Trent (Tailspin Tommy Thompkins), Marjorie Reynolds (Betty Lou Barnes), Milburn Stone (Skeeter Milligan), Jason Robards Sr. (Paul Smith), Pat O'Malley (Sheehan the movie director), George Meeker (Earl Martin, stunt pilot), Wesley Barry (Glenn, assistant director), George Cleveland (the Sheriff), John Daheim (Tex, airplane mechanic), Tod Sterling (Charlie, movie prop man), Mary Field (Ethel, movie make-up lady), Buddy Cox (Bobby, Skeeter's nephew), Forrest Taylor (the doctor), David Newell (radio operator), Carleton Young (reprter Trent), Ray Turner (the porter), Jack Kirk (crewman), Monte Rawlins (sound man Hanson), Jack Hendricks (movie set worker), Charles Morton (Chuck), Wally West (movie set soldier)
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Murder in the Skies
In 1939 airplanes were still the subject of adventure and danger, and the comic page of every local newspaper was often the most read page of the paper. The adventures of Tailspin Tommy brought a daily moment of adventure to many young boys and girls . . . and probably to their older mothers and fathers as well.
Charles Lindbergh made his historic flight from America to France on May 21, 1927, and a bit less than a year later, on April 30, 1928, Tailspin Tommy hit the newspaper comic pages.
In the comic strip Tommy Tomkins, from Littleville, Colorado, learned to fly airplanes by taking a correspondence course by mail, and became one of the best pilots of the era. Movie studios in 1934 and 1935 created two movie serials with short cliff-hanging episodes shown every week before the main feature.
In 1939, near the peak of Tailspin Tommy popularity, John Trent, Marjorie Reynolds, Milburn Stone and Jason Robards Sr. starred in four full length feature films about the adventures of Tailspin Tommy. This is the second of the four, and it is a movie within a movie.
In this story, a movie director is filming a war epic with airplane fight scenes, and Tailspin Tommy gets involved with some of the stunt work. What he doesn't know is that the director wants to murder another stunt pilot who years earlier ran off with his wife.
Tailspin Tommy is set up with real bullets in his airplane instead of blanks, and he shoots down and kills the other stunt pilot. It looks pretty bad for Tailspin Tommy as he goes on the run from the police as a killer. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
George Cleveland and David Newell
George Meeker and Pat O'Malley
George Meeker as stunt pilot Earl Martin
Jason Robards Sr. in Stunt Pilot
Jason Robards Sr.
John Daheim and John Trent
John Trent and Marjorie Reynolds
Marjorie Reynolds and John Trent
Mary Field and Marjorie Reynolds
Mary Field and Milburn Stone
Milburn Stone and Marjorie Reynolds
Pat O'Malley and George Meeker
Pat O'Malley and Jason Robards Sr.