Flying G-Men
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Directed byJames W. Horne
Ray Taylor
Written byRobert E. Kent
Basil Dickey
Sherman L. Lowe
Produced byLarry Darmour
StarringRobert Paige
Richard Fiske
James Craig
Lorna Gray
CinematographyBenjamin H. Kline
Edited byRichard Fantl
Music byMorris Stoloff
Sidney Cutner
Color processBlack and white
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • February 2, 1939 (1939-02-02)
Running time
15 chapters (300 min)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Flying G-Men is a 15-episode 1939 adventure film Film serial, directed by James W. Horne and Ray Taylor. The serial was the sixth of the 57 serials released by Columbia.[1] Four "Flying G-Men" battle with enemy saboteurs intent on destroying American military defences.[2]

Plot

Three government aviators, Hal Andrews (Robert Paige), Bart Davis (Richard Fiske) and John Cummings (James Craig) called the "Flying G-Men", one of whom is disguised as "The Black Falcon" (Robert Paige), fight to protect the United States and its allies from an enemy spy ring and to avenge the death of the fourth Flying G-Man, Charles Bronson (Stanley Brown).

Bronson was killed when he attempted to stop enemy agents from stealing the new McKay military aircraft, designed by Billy McKay (Sammy McKim). The Junior Air Defenders are also enlisted to help the Flying G-Men.

A plot to infiltrate all military factories and airports is discovered but the spy chief called "The Professor"(Forbes Murray) is unknown. Suspecting Marvin Brewster, the owner of Brewster Airport, a local airfield, is The Professor, the G-Men find that he has kidnapped Babs McKay (Lorna Gray). They follow him to the spy hideout to capture Brewster and rescue Babs.

Chapter titles

  1. Challenge in the Sky
  2. Flight of the Condemned
  3. The Vulture's Nest
  4. The Falcon Strikes
  5. Flight from Death
  6. Phantom of the Sky
  7. Trapped by Radio
  8. The Midnight Watch
  9. Wings of Terror
  10. Flaming Wreckage
  11. While a Nation Sleeps
  12. Sealed Orders
  13. Flame Island
  14. Jaws of Death
  15. The Falcon's Reward

Source:[3]

Cast

Production

Flying G-Men had the services of noted aerial stunt pilot and cinematographer Paul Mantz who flew a Lockheed Sirius and Ryan ST.[5] Mantz was a prolific Hollywood "stunt" pilot, although he preferred to call himself a "precision pilot".[6]

Reception

Film reviewer Jerry Blake in The Files of Jerry Blake described Flying G-Men' serial as, , "... the least interesting of Columbia’s five in-house serial productions (the other four being 'Great Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok', 'The Spider's Web', 'Overland With Kit Carson', and 'Mandrake the Magician') ... its action scenes are uneven, its lead villains weak, and its plotting often disjointed. However, it remains watchable and enjoyable throughout, thanks to an extremely likeable group of heroes and an unfailingly fast pace."[7]

According to many serial and comics historians, the Black Falcon character is a precursor to Blackhawk, including author William Schoell who said, "It is hard not to notice the resemblance between the Black Falcon and comic books' Blackhawk, but the latter character did not actually appear until 1941 [Republic did a serial version of Blackhawk in 1952], meaning the Black Falcon came first."

See also

References

Notes

  1. ^ Lorna Gray was later known as Adrian Booth.[4]

Citations

  1. ^ Weiss, and Goodgold 1984, pp. 143–144.
  2. ^ Rainey 2010, p. 86.
  3. ^ Cline 1984, p. 223.
  4. ^ Wollstein, Hans J. "Review: 'Flying G-Men'." allmovie, 2019. Retrieved: July 12, 2019.
  5. ^ Farmer 1984, p. 308.
  6. ^ Wynne 1987, p. 152.
  7. ^ Blake, Jerry. "Review: 'Flying G-Men'." The Files of Jerry Blake, November 12, 2013. Retrieved: July 12, 2019.

Bibliography

  • 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.
  • Rainey, Buck. Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912–1956. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., 2010. ISBN 978-1-47660-448-0.
  • 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.
Preceded byThe Spider's Web (1938) Columbia Serial Flying G-Men (1939) Succeeded byMandrake the Magician (1939)