Aces of Action

"Aces of Action" was the informal nickname given to the movie teaming of Richard Arlen and Andy Devine. They made a number of low budget action films together for Universal.[1][2]

In February 1939 Universal announced they would make seven "outdoor pictures" starring the duo over the next year, all produced by Ben Pivar.[3][4] The films were well received and the series continued until Arlen left Universal for Pine-Thomas Productions.

Universal then tried Devine in a series of other "buddy" comedies, teaming him with Leo Carillo and Broderick Crawford.


Richard Arlen & Andy Devine

Leo Carillo & Andy Devine

Broderick Crawford & Andy Devine


  1. Actor Richard Arlen Dies; Swashbuckled to Stardom Los Angeles Times 29 Mar 1976: b1
  2. "Advertising". The Uralla Times. New South Wales, Australia. 21 August 1941. p. 1. Retrieved 13 June 2018 via National Library of Australia.
  3. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Universal Selects Arlen and Devine for Leads in Series of 7 Outdoor Pictures New York Times 11 Feb 1939: 18.
  4. Arlen, Devine Paired in Universal Series Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times11 Feb 1939: A9.
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