Adventures of the Flying Cadets
|Adventures of the Flying Cadets|
|Directed by||Lewis D. Collins|
|Produced by||Henry MacRae|
|Written by||Henry MacRae|
|Cinematography||William A. Sickner (credited as William Sickner)|
|Edited by||Irving Birnbaum|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|13 chapters (265 min)|
Flying students Danny Collins (Johnny Downs), "Jinx" Roberts (Bobby Jordan), "Scrapper" McKay (Ward Wood) and "Zombie" Parker (William Benedict) are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by engineer, Arthur Galt (Robert Armstrong) operating as a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. He has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa.
Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason (Selmer Jackson) and his daughter Andre (Jennifer Holt). Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Kurt von Heiger (Eduardo Ciannelli). The four students, believing Galt to be an ally, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names on the charges of murder. The four are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson (Regis Toomey).
The boys survive a tailspin and upon landing, take Galt into custody but momentarily he convinces authorities that he is innocent. When he tries to contact other Nazi agents, he is revealed to be their ring leader. The cadets are vindicated and receive Air Force Wings as they prepare to join Allied pilots going off to war.
- The Black Hangman Strikes
- Menaced by Murderers
- Into the Flames
- The Door to Death
- Crashed in a Crater
- Rendezvous with Doom
- Gestapo Execution
- Masters of Treachery
- Wings of Destruction
- Caught in the Caves of An-Kar-Ban
- Hostages for Treason
- The Black Hangman Strikes Again
- The Toll of Treason
Adventures of the Flying Cadets was Universal's last aviation serial. The first had been The Airmail Mystery in 1932.
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