The Sky Spider (1931)

Genres - Action, Drama  |   Run Time - 69 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A decidedly minor entry in the then-popular aviation melodrama cycle, The Sky Spider was the first film produced by sound engineer Ralph M. Like's low-budget Action Pictures. Former silent screen juvenile Glenn Tryon and Pat O'Malley are sibling air mail pilots vying for the same girl, Blanche Mehaffey. Tryon befriends Philo McCullough, whose mustache instantly reveals that he is up to no good. Sure enough, he and henchman George Cheseboro shoot down O'Malley's plane and steal the mail. O'Malley survives and finds shelter with prospector Jay Hunt. The villains, in an effort to silence the only witness to the theft, dynamite Hunt's mine. O'Malley survives this and manages to sabotage McCullough's getaway plane. The mail delivery back on track, Tryon asks O'Malley to be the best man at his upcoming nuptials with the blond Miss Mehaffey.

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barnstorming, brother, competition, death, death-in-family, love, love-triangle, mail, rival