Sky Raiders

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Sky Raiders
Directed by Ford Beebe
Ray Taylor
Produced by Henry MacRae
Written by Eliot Gibbons
Clarence Upson Young
Paul Huston
Starring Donald Woods
Billy Halop
Robert Armstrong
Eduardo Ciannelli
Kathryn Adams
Music by Charles Previn
Cinematography Jerome Ash
William A. Sickner
Edited by Saul A. Goodkind (supervisor)
Joseph Gluck
Louis Sackin
Alvin Todd
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • April 8, 1941 (1941-04-08)
Running time
12 chapters (227 minutes)
Country United States
Language English

Sky Raiders is a 12-episode 1941 Universal film serial. The serial was directed by Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor. Sky Raiders stars Donald Woods, Billy Halop, Robert Armstrong and Eduardo Ciannelli.[1]


Former World War I ace pilot Captain Bob Dayton, (Donald Woods) is the owner of Sky Raiders, Inc., an aircraft factory. He has designed a new high speed fighter aircraft, the Sky Raider and bombsight. Nazi agent Felix Lynx (Eduardo Ciannelli) attempts to steal these designs for his own country. Dayton recruits young Tim Bryant (Billy Halop), a member of Air Youth of America, to help him. Attempts to steal the fighter prototype fail.

The new bombsight is being tested in Hawaii, and Lynx intercepts a Boeing 314 Clipper on the way to Honolulu. After it is shot down, Bob and his secretary Mary Blake (Kathryn Adams) were rescued by a government cutter. Lieutenant Carry (Robert Armstrong) and Tim meet the survivors but find that Lynx has sent his henchmen to finish the job. The foreign agents are killed when they hit an oncoming truck. Mary announces that she has become Mrs. Dayton.

Chapter titles[edit]

  1. Wings of Disaster!
  2. Death Rides the Storm
  3. The Toll of Treachery
  4. Battle in the Clouds
  5. The Fatal Blast
  6. Stark Terror!
  7. Flaming Doom
  8. The Plunge of Peril
  9. Torturing Trials
  10. Flash of Fate
  11. Terror of the Storm
  12. Winning Warriors!



  • Donald Woods as Captain Bob Dayton / John Kane, World War I ace and co-owner of Sky Raiders, Inc.
  • Billy Halop as Tim Bryant, member of the Air Youth of America
  • Robert Armstrong as Lieutenant Ed Carey, co-owner of Sky Raiders, Inc.
  • Eduardo Ciannelli as Felix Lynx, Nazi agent
  • Kathryn Adams as Mary Blake, Sky Raiders, Inc.'s secretary
  • Jacqueline Dalya as Innis Clair
  • Jean Fenwick as The Countess Irene
  • Reed Hadley as Caddens, one of Lynx's henchmen
  • Irving Mitchell as R.S. Hinchfield
  • Edgar Edwards as Teal, one of Lynx's henchmen
  • John Holland as Hess, one of Lynx's henchmen
  • Roy Gordon as Major General Fletcher
  • Alex Callam as Captain Long
  • Phil Warren as Bakeman, the crackpot with gun
  • Bill Cody, Jr. as Jack Hurd, a young boy


Many exterior shots for Sky Raiders were made at the Grand Central Air Terminal, Glendale, California. A Phillips 1-B Aeroneer appears in the serial.[3]


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Weiss and Goodgold 1973, p. 191.
  2. ^ Cline 1984 p. 229.
  3. ^ Farmer 1984, p. 327.


  • Cline, William C. "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1984. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  • Weiss, Ken and Ed Goodgold. To be Continued ...: A Complete Guide to Motion Picture Serials. New York: Bonanza Books, 1973. ISBN 0-517-166259.
  • Wynne, H. Hugh. The Motion Picture Stunt Pilots and Hollywood's Classic Aviation Movies. Missoula, Montana: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 1987. ISBN 0-933126-85-9.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
The Green Hornet Strikes Again! (1941)
Universal Serial
Sky Raiders (1941)
Succeeded by
Riders of Death Valley (1941)