Flaming Signal (1933)

Genres - Action, Adventure  |   Sub-Genres - Animal Picture  |   Release Date - May 31, 1933 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 64 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Flash, yet another German shepherd in a long line of would-be Rin Tin Tin successors, took center stage in this obscure action-melodrama, which came complete with supernatural overtones. Stowing away on his master's plane, a parachuting Flash rescues Jim Robbins (John David Horsley) from drowning in the ocean between Los Angeles and Hawaii when Jim's aircraft catches fire during a fierce lightning storm. They both make it safely to Tabu Island where Sally James (Marceline Day), the skinny-dipping daughter of the local missionary, guides them to the nearby trading post. Said operation is lorded over by Von Krantz (Noah Beery), a nasty trader who is getting rich from exploiting the native villagers. Irredeemably villainous, Von Krantz not only attempts to ravage a native girl, much to the dismay of his floozy girlfriend, Molly (Carmelita Geraghty), but shoots the local high priest (Mischa Auer) when the latter takes umbrage to the goings-on. Soon, an uprising is under way, during which the high priest is resurrected in a cave, but in the end it is Flash who saves the day for all and sundry.

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airborne, cross-cultural-relations, daredevil, dog, Germany, girl, massacre, missionary, native-uprising, rebel, reputation, rescue, trader, accident, barnstorming, crash, island, native