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Sky Murder (1940)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama, Mystery | 27 September 1940 (USA)
A body is found in a locked airplane compartment and a German female refugee is a suspect. Passenger detective Nick Carter is convinced she didn't do it and works to solve the mysterious murder.

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George B. Seitz

Writer:

William R. Lipman (original screen play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Walter Pidgeon ... Nick Carter
Donald Meek ... Bartholomew
Kaaren Verne ... Pat Evans (as Karen Verne)
Edward Ashley ... Cortland Grand
Joyce Compton ... Christine Cross
Tom Conway ... Andrew Hendon
George Lessey ... Senator Monrose
Dorothy Tree ... Kathe
Frank Reicher ... Dr. Crattan
Chill Wills ... Sheriff Beckwith
George Watts George Watts ... Judge Whitmore
Byron Foulger ... Kuse
William Tannen ... Gus
Milton Parsons ... Brock
Tom Neal ... Steve - Pilot
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Storyline

Pat Evans is a German expatriate who is loyal to her new adopted home, the United States. A shadowy German bund operating in the Long Island area tries to recruit as the sophisticated but lecherous Andrew Hendon tries to physically coerce her into joining. While she is flying in the private plane of Cortland Grand, a rich friend of Nick Carter's, she knocks Hendon unconscious in self defense, but leaves him alive in a rear compartment of the plane. When the steward discovers the body, he finds Herndon stabbed in the throat by a nail file. Before the trip is over, the co-pilot is also stabbed to death. Luckily for Pat, one of the passengers on Grand's plane is famed New York detective Nick Carter. Although he is off-duty, the resourceful sleuth along with Beeswax, his bizarre sidekick, and beautiful Southern Chris Cross, a female gumshoe, breaks up a secret cell of Nazi saboteurs and FIfth Columnists. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sky Murder - A New Nick Carter Adventure See more »

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Budget:

$212,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to contemporary sources, Reginald Owen was initially cast as Dr. Cratton. See more »

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Grand's plane is a Douglas DC3 on the ground, but a Boeing 247 in the air. See more »

Quotes

Nick Carter: Well, and one more thing - would you be afraid of getting a knife in the back?
Senator Monrose: Son, I've been a politician for forty years. A knife in the back is an old story for me.
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Someone murdered this film
19 March 2004 | by Jim TrittenSee all my reviews

Walter Pidgeon played Nick Carter, detective, in only three films from 1939 - 1940. Sky Murder was the last of the series and it is a real bomb. Walter himself is not too bad, but the rest of the cast does very little to deliver a film that is worth watching today. There are lots of detective sidekicks, but Walter Meek's portrayal of "Beeswax" Batholomew is simply annoying. Fortunately Tom Conway is not on screen long enough to warrant serious criticism. The plot involves fifth columnists, damsels in distress, and the interference of a female private detective that should have been left on the cutting room floor. A critical car chase suffers from continuity problems. Most of the gags fall flat. A murder does take place in the sky and by the time we see the solution, it is hard to care. Not worth your time.


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