Flight to Fame (1938)

Genres - Action, Science Fiction  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Once one of Hollywood's "top ten" screen attractions, Charles Farrell had slipped somewhat by the end of the 1930s, and obliging to accept roles in such B productions as Columbia's Flight to Fame. Farrell plays air force captain Lawrence, a Billy Mitchell type who finds himself constantly at odds with his old-fashioned superiors. When his revolutionary new pursuit plane is rejected by the powers-that-be, Lawrence befriends another "radical"named Fisk, who has developed a deadly new death ray "for the good of mankind". Inevitably, the ray falls into the wrong hands, causing a series of mysterious air disasters. At first suspecting Fisk of misusing his invention, Lawrence eventually discovers that the actual culprit is another disgruntled aviator. Columbia's all-purpose heroine Jacqueline Wells provides the obligatory love interest.

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killing, aerial, bad-guy, barnstorming, craziness, daughter, death, death-ray, flight, good-guy, inventor, investigation, murder, ray-gun, revenge, war, weapons