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Clipped Wings(1938)

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In 1916, Jerry Broun enlists in the Canadian Aviation Corps. because he does not get along with his stepmother. On the night he leaves, a storm frightens his little half-brother Mickey, and Jerry comforts the child, to whom he is devoted. Many years later, Mickey is grown and has entered an Army aviation school to emulate his older brother, who was reported killed in action during World War I. Mickey is a good flier, but on the day of his final examination a storm breaks out, unnerving him so much that he is washed out of school. Unknown to Mickey, Jerry did not die in the war and is now working for the Justice Department, using the name he assumed in the service, Captain Jim Lofton. Jerry is assigned to break up a ring of criminals who are stealing oil by taping into oil supply lines. He finds that Raoul McGuire, an old friend who saved Jerry's life, is part of the ring. When Jerry goes to McGuire, again using the name Lofton, he learns that McGuire only works for gang leader Jones because he needs money badly to pay off debts on his ranch. Jerry pretends to work with the gang and agrees to fly his plane to confuse border patrol planes while the U.S. Army is conductig manouevers at McGuire's ranch. Meanwhile, Mickey has met Molly, McGuire's younger sister, and they fall in love. Because Molly is suspicious that something illegal is going on at the ranch, she asks Mickey to help her. Meanwhile, McGuire and Moran, one of the criminals, fight and Moran shoots McGuire. Because a doctor has said that McGuire needs to go to the hospital in San Antonio, Mickey is granted permission to fly him there. Despite a heavy storm, Mickey retains his composure and gets McGuire to the hospital in time. While this is happening, Jerry has a machine-gun battle in the air with the criminals, is badly injured and taken to the hospital after the criminals are arrested. At the hospital, Jerry reveals his real identity to Mickey. Jerry then recovers, Mickey is reinstated in the army because of his heroic flying, and Mickey and Molly are married. As they travel in a train on their honeymoon, Jerry flies overhead and drops rice on them.