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Sky Giant (1938)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 22 July 1938 (USA)
Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. ... See full summary »


Lew Landers


Lionel Houser (story "Ground Crew"), Lionel Houser (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... Capt. W.R. 'Stag' Cahill
Chester Morris ... Kenneth 'Ken' Stockton
Joan Fontaine ... Meg Lawrence
Harry Carey ... Col. Cornelius Stockton
Paul Guilfoyle ... 'Fergie' Ferguson
Robert Strange ... Joe R. Weldon
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Cadet Brown (scenes deleted)
Vickie Lester ... Edna, the Colonel's Secretary (as Vicki Lester)
James Bush ... Cadet Thompson
Eddie Marr Eddie Marr ... Cadet Austin (as Edward Marr)


Given the job of training young pilots for important post-war cargo flights, hard-boiled Col. Stockton forces ex-officer Stag Cahill back into the military to be his aide at the academy. Complications arise when Stockton's son Kenneth arrives for training and Stockton, believing his son to be a slackard, looks for an excuse to drop him from the program. Rivalry develops between Stag and Ken as well, as they fall for the same girl. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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A story of the mighty men who paved the cloud road to Asia with the thrill of flight! (original poster) See more »


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Release Date:

22 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aventura en el cielo See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Good ol' Guy's movie
29 November 2005 | by mlee-29See all my reviews

You have to love the acting and dialog in these old films. The men are right out of the ideal "man's man" book and the plucky love interests are so demure and accepting. In this case the plot revolves around a tough pilot school, training only the best men for flying new and growing routes. It is 1938, after all, and aviation is still in it's pre-war baby stage. Airline service is still a thing of adventure and unknown. The school is run by a rough-and-tumble (and frequently over-acting) ex-military man, Colonel Stockton (Harry Carrey). The head pilot is debonair Stag Cahill (Richard Dix). Trouble ensues when Stockton's devil-may-care son, Ken (Chester Morris) arrives at the school and Stag has to tame him a bit. The men strike up a 1938-type friendship bond but fall in love with the same perky and fetching Meg (Joan Fontaine). The plot thickens when the two men and a third pilot from the school crash in the arctic during a mapping run for a new travel route. They say "swell" a lot and each man asks Meg to marry him after knowing her for only days (typical 1930's I suppose). A fun movie with a very pre-war feel and some great old airplanes and aerial footage. Lots of, "awww Ken...ya know I love ya but don't go back into the air..." kind of lines. A simple, formulaic, B&W pre-war love/action movie.

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