The Mystery Squadron

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The Mystery Squadron
Poster of the movie The Mystery Squadron.jpg
Poster of chapter 2
Directed by Colbert Clark
David Howard
Produced by Nat Levine
Written by Sherman L. Lowe
Al Martin
Barney A. Sarecky
Colbert Clark
David Howard
Wyndham Gittens
Starring Bob Steele
Guinn "Big Boy" Williams
Lucile Browne
Jack Mulhall
Purnell Pratt
Music by Lee Zahler
Cinematography Ernest Miller
William Nobles
Alvin Wyckoff
Edited by Wyndham Gittens
Earl Turner
Distributed by Mascot Pictures
Release date
  • December 22, 1933 (1933-12-22) (U.S.)
Running time
12 chapters (220 min)
Country United States
Language English

The Mystery Squadron is a 1933 American pre-Code 12-episode Mascot movie serial, and is one of the earlier serials to feature extensive aviation sequences.


A dam being built by Stephen Gray (Lafe McKee) comes under attack from the mysterious pilot, The Black Ace (Jack Mulhall), and his "Mystery Squadron" of pilots. The identity of the Black Ace is so secret that it is even concealed from his own men in the Mystery Squadron.

Fred Cromwell (Bob Steele) and his partner Bill Cook (Guinn "Big Boy" Williams) seek to identify the Black Ace and stop his attacks on Gray's construction of the power dam, as a number of characters behave suspiciously, including Lafe Johnson (Purnell Pratt), a rival contractor to Gray, Martin (Edward Peil, Sr.), the hotel owner, Collins (J. Carrol Naish), a construction employee for Gray and Dr. Flint (Robert Frazer).



Mascot Pictures made an impressive serial using a great deal of aerial footage to enliven the action.[1]


Chapter titles[edit]

  1. The Black Ace
  2. The Fatal Warning
  3. The Black Ace Strikes
  4. Men of Steel
  5. The Death Swoop
  6. Doomed
  7. Enemy Signals
  8. The Canyon of Calamity
  9. The Secret of the Mine
  10. Clipped Wings
  11. The Beast at Bay
  12. The Ace of Aces


See also[edit]



  1. ^ Wynne 1987, p. 129.
  2. ^ Cline 1984, p. 209.


  • 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.
  • Harmon, Jim and Donald F. Glut. The Great Movie Serials: Their Sound and Fury. London: Routledge, 1973. ISBN 978-0-7130-0097-9.
  • 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.

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Preceded by
The Wolf Dog (1933)
Mascot Serial
The Mystery Squadron (1933)
Succeeded by
The Lost Jungle (1934)