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Fugitive in the Sky (1936)

Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is ... See full summary »


Nick Grinde


George Bricker (original story and screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Muir ... Rita Moore
Warren Hull ... Terry Brewer
Gordon Oliver ... Bob White
Carlyle Moore Jr. ... Johnny Martin
Howard Phillips ... 'Killer' Madsen
Wini Shaw ... Autumn Day (as Winifred Shaw)
Mary Treen ... Agatha Ormsby
John Litel ... Mike Phelan - aka Roger Johnson
Bill Elliott ... Ramon Duval (as Gordon Elliott)
Nedda Harrigan ... Mrs. Katie Tristo
John Kelly ... Kid Couch
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Spike
Don Barclay ... Ronald DeWitt
Charley Foy ... Steve Fanning (as Charles Foy)
Spencer Charters ... Henry Staeger


Reporter Terry Brewer goes to the Los Angeles airport to say goodbye to his sweetheart, airline hostess Rita Moore. He notices G-Man Mike Phelan among the passengers and assuming Phelan is on the trail of a criminal, decides to go along to get a story. When the plane makes a stop in New Mexico, passenger Mrs. Tristo buys a hunting knife from an Indian. Late that night, a shadowy figure approaches the sleeping Ramon Duval and plunges a knife into his heart. Phelan assumes charge of the situation and begins to question the passengers. Wanda Terrell, who is wanted-fugitive Killer Madsen in drag disguise, holds up Phelan and announces he is now running the show. He orders pilot Bob White to head the plane to Evansville, Indiana, Masden's hometown. When Rita offers Masden a cup of coffee, which includes a powerful sleeping potion, the suspicious Masden exchanges cups with co-pilot Johnnie Martin who passes out. The annoyed Masden knocks out pilot White and Rita is forced to take over the ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A MODERN KILLER TAKES TO THE AIR...as Warner Bros, brings you thrills and chills! See more »


Action | Drama | Mystery








Release Date:

28 November 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fugindo nos Ares See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airplane in the film is a Ford Tri-Motor. 199 were built between 1926 and 1933. It was the first all-metal commercial passenger airliner and saw service throughout the world. Although the corrugated aluminum skin was extremely robust, it contributed to significant drag that hampered the plane's performance. It was soon outclassed by the Douglas DC-2 and Boeing 247. See more »


Biplanes are shown in flight sent to rescue the passengers and crew, but when two land, they are monoplanes. See more »


Ronald DeWitt: Pardon me lady, but you're silly.
Mrs. Katie Tristo: Young man, you're drunk!
Ronald DeWitt: Yeah I know, but tomorrow I will be sober and you'll still be silly!
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Will "Killer" Madsen get away from the law?
15 March 2004 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Fair action drama that although involves a death in the air cannot really be termed a mystery. The plot is more concerned with the attempt of "Killer" Madsen to evade the law and the romance of the two actors than with solving the murder. Good technical effects of dust storm but the interior of the aircraft is much larger than in real life. Shots of landing in Albuquerque, New Mexico were obviously filmed elsewhere. How the plane lands safely is something only Hollywood could invent. Some unusual twists to the plot and interesting exterior shots of old airplanes make this worth your time only if there is nothing else available. Oh yes, at the end the murder is solved.

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