Cowboy in the Clouds
Cast & Crew
When Civil Air Patrol pilot Glen Avery makes a forced landing on Steve Kendall's ranch, Cannonball, one of the ranch hands, suspects Avery of being a spy. Upon investigating the pilot, however, Steve and the boys discover that Avery is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, whose assignment is to involve civilians in a war defense project. Steve and the boys go to CAP headquarters to join up and there meet Capt. Hadley, who explains that Amos Fowler, the richest man in the state, has been using all his influence to oppose the project. Deciding to talk to Fowler personally, Steve proceeds to his office, but Fowler has him thrown out and then assigns his henchmen, Roy Madison and Dean, to defeat the CAP venture. Dorrie Bishop, meanwhile, one of the CAP pilots, proposes holding a series of benefit performances to raise funds to support the CAP. When the shows become an immediate success, Fowler instructs his men to use force to disrupt the performances. After Madison and Dean stop one of the shows, Steve goes to confront Fowler at his home and gets into a fight with Madison. After Steve and Madison knock each other out, Dean, who has a grudge against Madison, enters the room, shoots Madison and plants the murder weapon on Steve. When Steve is arrested for murder, Dorrie and the boys raise the bail money for his release. One day, while flying, Dorrie discovers Dean hiding in the back seat of her plane. Although he threatens her with his gun, motor trouble forces her to land in the center of a raging forest fire. After Dorrie signals for help, Steve and his men come to the rescue, arriving just in time to witness Dean signing a confession to Madison's murder. Dorrie then reveals that she is Fowler's daughter, and Fowler, grateful to the men of the CAP for rescuing his daughter, becomes a major supporter of the project.
Shelby D. Atchison
Louis T. Diage
According to materials contained in NARS in Washington, D.C., the Office of Censorship of the Los Angeles Board of Review disapproved this picture for export because "the Western formula of exaggerated melodrama has been applied to a vital wartime organization."