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Sky Patrol (1939)

"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and ... See full summary »


Howard Bretherton


George Waggner (screenplay) (as Joseph West), Norton S. Parker (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
John Trent ... Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Marjorie Reynolds ... Betty Lou Barnes
Milburn Stone ... Skeeter Milligan
Jason Robards Sr. ... Paul Smith - Three Points Airfield Owner (as Jason Robards)
Jackie Coogan ... Carter Meade
Dickie Jones ... Bobby Landis
Boyd Irwin Boyd Irwin ... Col. Meade
John Daheim John Daheim ... Ryan (as Johnnie Day)
Bryant Washburn ... Bainbridge
LeRoy Mason ... Mitch
John S. Peters John S. Peters ... Jackson (as John Peters)


"Tailspin Tommy" Tompkins and "Skeeter" Milligan are training young U. S. Army fliers for the newly-formed 'Sky Patrol,'a branch of the Army Reserves which operates along the borders and coast-lines, on the lookout for smugglers. Carter Meade, whose father is the Colonel in charge of the patrol, has a terror of firing guns and his father insists he conquer this fear. Tommy sends him out on patrol, on orders from Washington D. C., to stop any unfamiliar aircraft. Carter challenges an unmarked amphibian plane, which opens fire on him. Carter, afraid to shoot, bails out as his plane is shot down. Carter is missing, and Tommy and Skeeter are searching for him and the mysterious airplane. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LAW BREAKERS OF THE AIR! Twentieth century sky racketeers...flying foes of Tailspin Tommy's dare-devil air police! See more »


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Release Date:

12 September 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tailspin Tommy in Sky Patrol See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The gun runners appear to be flying a Douglas Dolphin amphibian. See more »


Follows Mystery Plane (1939) See more »

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All Hail Tainspin!
26 March 2006 | by SpuzzlightyearSee all my reviews

Tailspin Tommy is back! After enjoying Danger Flight, he's back for more adventure in 'Sky Patrol'. Tailspin helps a bunch of graduates on their first assignment patrolling a piece of land for some clandestine activity. When one of the pilots is captured, it's up to Tommy and his crew to beat the bad guys AND to rescue the captured pilot! Will Tommy Save The Day? This was not bad, Tailspin is less of a pathetic wimp he was in Danger Flight, but still remains quite stupid (keeping live grenades in pockets for starters). Once again, as in Danger Flight, kids are there to save the day with valuable clues, and at the end of this one, they shill unapologetically for a another option besides the boy scouts, the SKY Scouts! And that's the next movie in the Tailspin Tommy canon, "Scouts of The Air!" Actually, no it isn't, because even if it was advertised, it was never made!

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