The Air Legion (1929)

Genres - Action, Drama, Romance  |   Countries - USA  |  
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FBO Pictures was in the process of transforming into RKO Radio when the silent actioner Air Legion was filmed. Ben Lyon stars as Dave, the son of a late, legendary WWI flight commander. On the strength of his dad's reputation, Dave is hired by an airmail service run by ex-flying ace Steve (Antonio Moreno). Alas, Dave turns out to be a craven coward, going so far as to wound himself to avoid flying into dangerous weather. Even so, he redeems himself in the final reel by saving Steve's life, and, presumably as a reward, ends up with Steve's former girlfriend Sally (Martha Sleeper). Star Ben Lyon would fare better two years later with a far more ambition aviation effort, Hell's Angels.

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boy, coming-of-age, commander, courage, flying, friendship, generation-gap, mail, man, mentor, responsibility, son, tornado, training