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Monday, November 18, 2013

Pilot X (1936)

Starring Lona Andre, John Carroll, Leon Ames, Henry Hall, Hans Joby
Directed by Elmer Clifton
(actor & director credits courtesy

The mysterious disappearances of a number of aircraft lead to the discovery that a modern-day enemy ace is shooting down innocent victims, and a scientist aims to track down the man responsible.

Serial veteran Clifton delivers a pretty good little mystery with some nice aerial footage and a good assemblage of war pilot suspects.  Leading lady Lona Andre seems to be around just for eye candy (she's an absolute knockout), as although the script figures her in a love triangle, she ignores the man she was "almost engaged to" at the start of the picture for the bulk of the film.  Although the identity of the murderer doesn't come as a big surprise, I enjoyed this film as a nice mixture of aerial action with a murder mystery.

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