Mystery Plane

Mystery Plane

Director: George Waggner

Cast: George Waggner, John Trent, Milburn Stone, Marjorie Reynolds

     
 
Mystery Plane is one of the better-known entries in Monogram's "Tailspin Tommy" series, if only because of its frequent TV showings. In this one, aviation ace Tommy (John Trent) and his pal Skeeter (Milburn Stone) develop a revolutionary new bombsight which they hope to turn over to the Army Air Corps. But a gang of international spies would also like to get

Overview

Mystery Plane is one of the better-known entries in Monogram's "Tailspin Tommy" series, if only because of its frequent TV showings. In this one, aviation ace Tommy (John Trent) and his pal Skeeter (Milburn Stone) develop a revolutionary new bombsight which they hope to turn over to the Army Air Corps. But a gang of international spies would also like to get their mitts on the invention, and to that end they exploit the friendship between Tommy and his on-the-skids mentor Brandy (Peter George Lynn), now employed as the villains' pilot. An outsized climactic fistfight and the ultimate regeneration of Brandy bring the story to a rousing conclusion. In a charming fadeout bit, the main characters-Tommy, Skeeter and girlfriend Betty Lou (Marjorie Reynolds) come "out" of the picture to invite their fans to watch the next "Tailspin Tommy" entry.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
The first of the four Monogram "Tailspin Tommy" thrillers is arguably also the best -- although the look-behind-the-scenes of a poverty row movie studio in the second entry, Stunt Pilot (1939), also has its admirers. But in comparison with Universal's earlier serial versions of the comic strip, Tailspin Tommy (1934) and Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery (1935), the Monogram quartet seems overly stage bound if not downright static at times. More adult than his predecessors, real-life aviator John Trent makes an adequate poverty row hero but leading lady Marjorie Reynolds was obviously ready for the big league which, in her case, proved to be a contract with Paramount.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/29/2005
UPC:
0089218469595
Original Release:
1939
Source:
Alpha Video
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
0:58:00
Sales rank:
90,926

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Trent Tailspin Tommy
Milburn Stone Skeeter
Marjorie Reynolds Betty Lou
Jason Robards Paul
Peter George Lynn Brandy
Lucien Littlefield Winslow
Polly Ann Young Anita
John Peters Carl
Tommy Bupp Tommy as a child
Sayre Dearing Fred

Technical Credits
George Waggner Director,Screenwriter
Fred Jackman Special Effects
Paul Malvern Producer
Carl Pierson Editor
Frank Sanucci Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Paul Schofield Screenwriter
Louis Clyde Stoumen Cinematographer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [1:30]
2. Chapter 2 [8:21]
3. Chapter 3 [8:23]
4. Chapter 4 [9:52]
5. Chapter 5 [11:29]
6. Chapter 6 [8:01]

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