Legion of Lost Flyers


1h 3m 1939

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 3, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Oct 1939
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

After he is blamed for a fatal crash that occurred when he was forced to bail out of a transport plane, pilot Gene "Loop" Gillan joins a corps of pilots who, because of their unsavory records, have established an outpost squadron in the frozen wastelands of Alaska. Even among this legion of lost flyers, Loop has difficulty and finds himself grounded when Bill Desert, the head of the commercial airlines, refuses to hire him as a pilot. At the request of mechanic "Beef" Brumley, Bill hires Loop as a "grease jockey." Although regarded as a coward by most of the flyers, Loop is befriended by Beef and by Bill's sweetheart Paula. Loop patiently awaits the arrival of Desert pilot Ralph Perry, the man who was responsible for the crash. When Perry finally arrives at the airstrip, he admits his guilt to Loop but refuses to make a public confession. Soon afterward, while flying as a mechanic for another pilot, Loop's plane is caught in a blinding blizzard, and to silence his accuser, Perry instructs the pilot to fly too low, causing the plane to crash. When Loop survives the mishap, Perry decides to steal a gold shipment and disappear. Taking off during a blizzard, Perry crashes his plane in Galewind Canyon. When a pilot spots the injured Perry, radio broadcaster Larry Barrigan arrives on the scene to report the incident, and Loop takes off to rescue Perry. After making an impossible landing, Loop rescues the injured pilot and forces him to admit over the radio that he was flying the doomed plane. His name finally cleared, Loop is reinstated as a flyer and falls in love with Paula.

Film Details

Release Date
Nov 3, 1939
Premiere Information
New York opening: week of 28 Oct 1939
Production Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Distribution Company
Universal Pictures Co.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 3m
Sound
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

Although a print of this film was not viewed, the above credits and plot summary were taken from a cutting continuity included in the copyright records. This film was also reviewed under the title Legion of Lost Fliers.