Tailspin Tommy in Danger Flight (November 1, 1939)
Released on November 1, 1939: Gangsters force Tailspin Tommy's airplane to land in a remote meadow so they can steal the payroll money he is delivering.
Produced by Paul Malvern
Directed by Howard Bretherton
Written by Hal Forrest with screenplay by Byron Morgan and Edwin C. Parsons
The Actors: John Trent (Tailspin Tommy) Thompkins, Marjorie Reynolds (Betty Lou Barnes), Milburn Stone (Skeeter Milligan), Jason Robards Sr. (Paul Smith), Tommy Baker (Whitey Lewis), Dennis Moore (Mike Lewis), Julius Tannen (Dawson, gangster), Eddie Parker (Williams, henchman driver), Joseph E. Bernard (Brown, construction owner), Harry Harvey Jr. (Johnny), Walter Wills (Cap, store owner), Johnnie Fleming (unknown), Forrest Taylor (police radio dispatcher)
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In 1927 motion pictures were evolving from silent stories into sound and action adventures, and in that same year Charles Lindbergh became the first airplane pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean, bringing the new world much closer to the old world. The promise of fast airplanes created visions of travel to unknown destinations that continues today, and the spirits of many young boys and girls turned from horses and bicycles to dreams of adventures in the sky.
In 1928 newspaper reporter Glenn Chaffin created a new comic strip that would build on the excitement of travel through the skies, and he called his hero airplane pilot Tailspin Tommy. The comic strip appeared in newspapers around the country for twelve years, and by 1939, as motion picture companies were learning how to film airplanes in action, Monogram Pictures made four Tailspin Tommy adventures, and this adventure is the final feature film about the flying hero.
As our adventure opens a group of youngsters are flying their rubber-band powered model airplanes near the Three Points airport, home of Tailspin Tommy. We quickly learn that there are a couple of gangsters who will try to rob the payroll that Tailspin Tommy will fly north to a construction site, but Tailspin Tommy may not survive to be robbed. During a fierce thunder and lightning storm the boss of the construction crew up north comes to the small airport with a large crate of medical supplies because the storm has caused a fierce accident at the site and many men are in need of immediate medical attention.
The roads are washed out and there is only one way to get the supplies to the men . . . Tailspin Tommy must try to fly through the fierce storm and deliver the supplies to the remote construction area. He flies to the area but the storm is so severe that he cannot risk landing. He bravely takes the only parachute from his plane and ties the medical supplies to it and drops it over the construction area. Now without a parachute in case he needs to bail out, he returns through the storm to his landing field.
Unfortunately the storm is still raging and Tailspin Tommy cannot see where to land. Finally he runs out of fuel and the plane careens to the ground. Without a parachute to jump out of the plane, Tailspin Tommy's airplane crashes to the ground, and nobody knows where he has crashed. After the storm clears, search planes fly around the area that they believe Tailspin Tommy crashed, but find nothing. They fear that his plane broke into so many small pieces on impact that there may be nothing left to find. The end for Tailspin Tommy may arrive before our adventure is half over . . . Unless the young boys flying their rubber-band powered model airplanes can do what all of the other pilots cannot do . . . Find the wreckage of Tommy Tailspin. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
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