Squadron of Honor


1h 2m 1938

Film Details

Also Known As
American Legion
Release Date
Jan 20, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
6 reels

Synopsis

National Commander of the American Legion Bob Metcalf and District Attorney Dan Blaine learn that a local race track will remain open beyond its usual closing date in order profit from the arrival of a large group of delegates attending the upcoming legionaire convention. They then go to the track's general manager, Lou Tanner, and insist that he close the track on schedule. Tanner refuses to abide by their demand, but Kimball, a wealthy racing enthusiast and unscrupulous arms dealer, overhears the conversation and decides to help Dan. Kimball invites Dan and Metcalf to his home for dinner, and while Dan dances with Kimball's secretary, Eve Russell, Kimball assures Metcalf that he will force Tanner to close the track by pressuring other owners to withdraw their entries from the race. In return for this favor, Kimball asks Metcalf to help him defeat a Congressional bill that would place restrictions on the sale of guns. As the legion supports such legislation, Metcalf is forced to reject Kimball's request, but Kimball decides to achieve his goal by other means, and goes through with his promise to Dan to halt the races on schedule. Following the opening day of the legionaire convention, Kimball arranges a meeting between Metcalf and Tanner, and sends Craig, one of his henchmen disguised as a legionaire, to Metcalf's office to shoot Tanner with a gun fitted with a silencer. Just after Metcalf leaves Tanner's office, Craig hands him the gun used as the murder weapon and tells him that it is a personal gift for his gun collection. Consequently, Metcalf is arrested for Tanner's murder. Although Kimball tells Dan that he will help win Metcalf's release if Dan will help him defeat the arms bill, Kimball actually intends to frame one of his henchmen for the murder. Dan refuses Kimball's offer, and decides to find the real murderer by enlisting the help of the entire group of legionaires. After deputizing 100,000 legionaires, Dan gains the support of Eve, who finds a clue in Kimball's office that leads Dan to Lawlor, another Kimball henchman. Dan tricks Lawlor into confessing Kimball's role in the murder. Meanwhile, Kimball and Craig abduct Eve and flee, but when the legionaires learn of their escape, a chase ensues and they are captured. With Kimball and his men in police custody, the convention draws to a happy close, and Dan and Eve embrace.

Film Details

Also Known As
American Legion
Release Date
Jan 20, 1938
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 2m
Film Length
6 reels

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Trivia

Notes

The working title of this film was American Legion, and it was reviewed as such in Motion Picture Herald.