Legion of Lost Flyers (1939)

Genres - Adventure, Children's/Family  |   Sub-Genres - Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 63 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Legion of Lost Flyers is a typically action-packed entry in Universal's Richard Arlen-Andy Devine series (if one can call a group of thematically unconnected B-pictures a "series"). This time, heroes Loop Gillian (Arlen) and Beff Brumley (Devine) are, respectively, a pilot and mechanic for an Alaskan air freight service. The main plotline concerns Loop's efforts to absolve himself of blame for a recent plane crash in which several civilians were killed. He also finds time to romance heroine Paula (Anne Nagel), whose purpose in the picture is never clearly defined: like Mount Everest, she's simply "there." A pre-stardom Jack Carson plays the obligatory "lucky" pilot whose luck runs out, while Carson's vaudeville partner Dave Willock also plays a supporting role. Comedy-relief eskimo Edith Mills may seem offensive to today's ethnically sensitive viewers.

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airplane, barnstorming, crash, air-disaster, false-accusation, survivor