Adventures of the Flying Cadets

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Adventures of the Flying Cadets
Adventures of the Flying Cadets FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Lewis D. Collins
Ray Taylor
Produced by Henry MacRae
Written by Henry MacRae
Starring Johnny Downs
Bobby Jordan
Ward Wood
William Benedict
Eduardo Ciannelli
Regis Toomey
Cinematography William A. Sickner (credited as William Sickner)
Edited by Irving Birnbaum
Carl Himm
Alvin Todd
Edgar Zane
Production
company
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • 1943 (1943)
Running time
13 chapters (265 min)
Country United States
Language English

Adventures of the Flying Cadets is a 13-episode 1943 Universal film serial. The serial is directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins.[1]

Plot[edit]

Flying students Danny Collins (Johnny Downs), "Jinx" Roberts (Bobby Jordan), "Scrapper" McKay (Ward Wood) and "Zombie" Parker (William Benedict) are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by engineer, Arthur Galt(Robert Armstrong) operating as a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. He has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa.

Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason (Selmer Jackson) and his daughter Andre (Jennifer Holt). Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Kurt von Heiger (Eduardo Ciannelli). The four students, believing Galt to be an ally, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names on the charges of murder. The four are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson (Regis Toomey).

The boys survive a tailspin and upon landing, take Galt into custody but momentarily he convinces authorities that he is innocent. When he tries to contact other Nazi agents, he is revealed to be their ring leader. The cadets are vindicated and receive Air Force Wings as they prepare to join Allied pilots going off to war.

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. The Black Hangman Strikes
  2. Menaced by Murderers
  3. Into the Flames
  4. The Door to Death
  5. Crashed in a Crater
  6. Rendezvous with Doom
  7. Gestapo Execution
  8. Masters of Treachery
  9. Wings of Destruction
  10. Caught in the Caves of An-Kar-Ban
  11. Hostages for Treason
  12. The Black Hangman Strikes Again
  13. The Toll of Treason

Source:[2]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

This was Universal's last aviation serial. The first had been The Airmail Mystery in 1932.[3]

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ Weiss and Goodgold 1973, p. 210.
  2. ^ Cline 1984, p. 236.
  3. ^ Cline 1984, pp. 30–31.

Bibliography

  • Cline, William C. "3. The Six Faces of Adventure". In the Nick of Time. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1984. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  • Cline, William C. "Filmography", In the Nick of Time. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1984. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  • Farmer, James H. Celluloid Wings: The Impact of Movies on Aviation. Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania: Tab Books Inc., 1984. ISBN 978-0-83062-374-7.
  • Weiss, Ken and Ed Goodgold. To be Continued ...: A Complete Guide to Motion Picture Serials. New York: Bonanza Books, 1973. ISBN 0-517-166259.

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Preceded by
Don Winslow of the Coast Guard (1943)
Universal Serial
Adventures of the Flying Cadets(1943)
Succeeded by
The Great Alaskan Mystery (1944)