The Mysterious Pilot
|The Mysterious Pilot|
Chapter One poster
|Directed by||Spencer Gordon Bennet|
|Produced by||Louis Weiss|
|Written by||George M. Merrick
George Rosener (screenplay)
Based in the novel The Silver Hawk, by William Byron Mowery
|Music by||Abe Meyer (musical director/uncredited)|
Herman Schopp B&W
|Edited by||Earl Turner (film editor)|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|15 chapters (300 min)|
The Mysterious Pilot is a 15-episode 1937 Columbia movie serial based on the book by William Byron Mowery and starring the record-breaking aviator Frank Hawks. This was the second serial produced by Columbia.
Carter Snowden (Kenneth Harlan) about to marry Jean McNain (Dorothy Sebastian), is accused of murder. When his accuser is killed, Jean flees the train she is on, and heads into the Canadian woods. Snowden sends a bodyguard to find Jean, who appeals to Captain Jim Down (Frank Hawks) for help. With his friend "Kansas" (Rex Lease) and Indian Luke (Yakima Canutt), Jim hides Jean.
Snowden tracks down Jean and tries to lure her to his aircraft by telling her that Jim is injured and needs her. As soon as they realize what has happened, Jim and Kansas take to the air and force Snowden's aircraft down. Jean is unhurt but Snowden dies in the crash. Trying to get down to Jean, Jim's parachute gets tangled in the trees and Jean ends up rescuing him.
- Frank Hawks as Captain Jim Down
- Dorothy Sebastian as Jean McNain
- Esther Ralston as Vivian McNain
- Rex Lease as RCAF Sergeant "Kansas" Eby
- Guy Bates Post as "Papa" Bergelot
- Kenneth Harlan as Carter Snowden
- Yakima Canutt as Indian Luke
- George Rosener as Fritz
- Clara Kimball Young as Martha, Fritz's Wife
- Frank Lackteen as Yoroslaff, a henchman
- Harry Harvey as "Soft Shoe" Cardigan, a henchman
- Tom London as Kilgour, a henchman
- Bob Walker as Boyer, a lumberjack henchman
- Ted Adams as Carlson, a henchman
Mysterious Pilot was adapted from the novel "The Silver Hawk" by William Byron Mowery. Frank Hawks was billed in Mysterious Pilot as the "Fastest airman in the world." After each episode, Hawks appeared to deliver a "flying lesson". A Sikorsky S-39 amphibian was featured in the serial.
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