Cast & Crew
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.
The working title of this film was Wings over San Antonio. It was listed in a Hollywood Reporter production chart on June 8, 1936 and, according to a billing sheet for the picture contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, it was copyrighted in 1936 by Kier Phillips. It is not contained in the copyright register, however, and no reviews have been located prior to May 1938. Two letters in the PCA file, both dated June 1937, indicate that Victory Pictures intended to release the film, however, reviews variously listed the picture as an Ace Pictures or Treo Exchange release. The above summary and credits are based primarily on information in the PCA file. Although Paul Willet is credited with the screenplay on the Hollywood Reporter chart, reviews and the billing sheet in the PCA file credit original story and screenplay to Harry Forbes and do not mention Willet. John Eberts and Loretta King are included in the cast in the Hollywood Reporter chart, however, their participation in the released film has not been confirmed.