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The Sky Parade

The Sky Parade(1936)

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Although Jimmie Allen is listed above the title in the opening credits, the end credits list him last with Billy Lee. "The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen" was a popular radio serial produced in Chicago starring Jimmie Allen and featuring Robert Fiske as Allen's pal "Speed." According to a modern source, Allen, also known as Murray McLean, was sixteen when the serial was first broadcast in 1933 and was a trained pilot. Reportedly, the serial was originally slated for another title, but sponsor Richfield Oil liked Allen so much, the hero was made over in his image and the title was changed. The serial fostered "Jimmie Allen Flying Clubs" nationwide, which had, in total, more than three million members. Transcripts from the original broadcasts, which were aired through 1936, were re-released in the early 1940s. As reported in Hollywood Reporter on February 20, 1936, Sky Parade, the first of a series of Jimmie Allen pictures optioned with Arthur F. Beck's Air Adventures Corp., was being "plugged" on the radio in anticipation of the film's preview. According to Hollywood Reporter, in late January 1936, Jimmy Allen and Robert Fiske, awaiting possible retakes for the film, planned to record the next twenty-three installments of their radio serial in Hollywood. According to news items in the Hollywood Reporter, Sidney Marcus sued Paramount, Harry O. Hoyt and Arthur F. Beck, as producers of Sky Parade on grounds he was promised $100 per week employment plus a percentage of the picture's profits when he made small loans to Hoyt in 1934. The judge cleared the defendants of any responsibility to Marcus. Betty Jane Rhodes and Dean Jagger appear in the cast in early Hollywood Reporter production charts, although they do not appear in the film. According to a modern source, an S4C Thomas Morse Scout and C-3 Stearman aircraft appear in this film.