Air Hawks (1935)

64 or 66 mins | Drama | 7 May 1935

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HISTORY

The working title for this film was Air Fury , which was also the title of Ben Pivar's unpublished story. Wiley Post and Roscoe Turner were noted fliers of the 1930s. Post, who appeared as himself in the film, died in an Aug 1935 plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska in which his close friend, noted American humorist Will Rogers, was also killed. This may have been the only dramatic film in which Post ... More Less

The working title for this film was Air Fury , which was also the title of Ben Pivar's unpublished story. Wiley Post and Roscoe Turner were noted fliers of the 1930s. Post, who appeared as himself in the film, died in an Aug 1935 plane crash in Point Barrow, Alaska in which his close friend, noted American humorist Will Rogers, was also killed. This may have been the only dramatic film in which Post appeared. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Jun 35
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Jun 35
p. 4.
Motion Picture Daily
21 May 35
p. 12.
Motion Picture Herald
30 Mar 35
p. 50.
New York Times
4 Jun 35
p. 26.
Variety
12 Jun 35
p. 41.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Harry Cohn, President
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
PRODUCER
Supv
WRITERS
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
Tech adv
STAND INS
Double for Richard Allen
Stand-in for Ralph Bellamy
Stand-in for Tala Birell
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Air Fury
Release Date:
7 May 1935
Production Date:
25 February--14 March 1935
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
8 May 1935
Copyright Number:
LP5521
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
64 or 66
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
809
SYNOPSIS

Millionaire Martin Drewen, owner of Consolidated Airlines, thinks rival owner Barry Eldon's air mail scheme is too risky to invest in and urges him to sell his Independent Transcontinental Lines to him. However, at a meeting, Barry's pilots urge him not to sell out but to try to expand his own company. As Barry leaves the airport, he encounters the ravishing Renee Dupont in a taxi. That evening, Barry and Renee meet again at Victor Arnold's casino, where she works as a dancer. Meanwhile, Arnold shows Consolidated's representative his hideout. There, in a secret laboratory, the Russo-German scientist, Shutter, has developed a destructive ray gun. Consolidated's chief accepts Arnold's plan to build a full-scale ray gun, which will then be used to destroy their competitors' airplanes. With Shutter at the controls, the ray gun destroys one of Barry's airplanes. Meanwhile, two government men suspect what is happening and order Barry to ground his airplanes, but not before another airplane is destroyed. Barry decides to bet the airline's survival on a new speed plane with which he will try to beat the transcontinental record. Meanwhile, Tiny Davis, a reporter friend of Barry's, discovers Arnold's hideout and investigates, then tells Barry. A phone number Tiny noticed on the wall leads them to Arnold's casino, where Barry finds a map of his airline's routes and the bills for the devices required to build Shutter's ray gun. Renee discovers Arnold's and Drewen's collaboration and warns Barry of their plot to kill him. Renee pretends to flee with Arnold on an airplane, which unknown to him, is piloted by Barry. Barry forces Arnold ... +


Millionaire Martin Drewen, owner of Consolidated Airlines, thinks rival owner Barry Eldon's air mail scheme is too risky to invest in and urges him to sell his Independent Transcontinental Lines to him. However, at a meeting, Barry's pilots urge him not to sell out but to try to expand his own company. As Barry leaves the airport, he encounters the ravishing Renee Dupont in a taxi. That evening, Barry and Renee meet again at Victor Arnold's casino, where she works as a dancer. Meanwhile, Arnold shows Consolidated's representative his hideout. There, in a secret laboratory, the Russo-German scientist, Shutter, has developed a destructive ray gun. Consolidated's chief accepts Arnold's plan to build a full-scale ray gun, which will then be used to destroy their competitors' airplanes. With Shutter at the controls, the ray gun destroys one of Barry's airplanes. Meanwhile, two government men suspect what is happening and order Barry to ground his airplanes, but not before another airplane is destroyed. Barry decides to bet the airline's survival on a new speed plane with which he will try to beat the transcontinental record. Meanwhile, Tiny Davis, a reporter friend of Barry's, discovers Arnold's hideout and investigates, then tells Barry. A phone number Tiny noticed on the wall leads them to Arnold's casino, where Barry finds a map of his airline's routes and the bills for the devices required to build Shutter's ray gun. Renee discovers Arnold's and Drewen's collaboration and warns Barry of their plot to kill him. Renee pretends to flee with Arnold on an airplane, which unknown to him, is piloted by Barry. Barry forces Arnold to point out Shutter's truck on the road below. He then dives at the truck, bombing and destroying it. Meanwhile, Lewis has convinced the famous aviator, Wiley Post, to join him in flying the speed plane in Barry's place. After Drewen is captured, Renee accompanies Barry to Washington to sign a new contract. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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