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Criminals of the Air (1937)

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61 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Undercover agent Mark Owens is sent to aid the Border Patrol in the trans-border town of Hernandez in breaking up a well-organized band of smugglers. Since the town is also noted for a place for obtaining quick marriages on the Mexico side...See moreUndercover agent Mark Owens is sent to aid the Border Patrol in the trans-border town of Hernandez in breaking up a well-organized band of smugglers. Since the town is also noted for a place for obtaining quick marriages on the Mexico side, Mark obtains the job of pilot on "The Honeymoon Express." He does not realize that he has been recognized as a G-Man by "Hot Cake" Joe, operator of a sandwich stand and an informant for the smugglers. Reporter Nancy Rawlings, assigned to the airport on the American side of the border, sees Mike running the matrimonial express in his flamboyant uniform, and thinks he is ridiculous enough to make a good story. Her suspicions are aroused when he refuses to be photographed. She is further convinced he is a smuggler when she sees him accepting money from Kurt Feldon, suspected head of the smugglers. Feldon has accepted Mike as a genuine pilot for wedding parties and is paying him to steer customers to his café. Learning the truth from Joe, Feldon orders his henchman/flyer Blast Reardon to get rid of Mike. Blast, with a gang moll as his accomplice, charters Mike to fly them across the border to get married. A waitress at the airport, who Nancy has bribed to watch Mike's activities, tips her off about the flight and Nancy hides in the plane. Once in the air, Blast forces Mike to land at the smuggler's hideout, where he is imprisoned. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Charles C. Coleman (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Writers
Jack Cooper (story) | Owen Francis (screenplay)
Cinematographer
Editor
Richard Fantl (as Dick Fantl)
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Updated Apr 30, 1937

Release date
Apr 30, 1937 (United States)

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28 cast members
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Rosalind Keith
Nancy Rawlings Nancy Rawlings   See fewer
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Charles Quigley
Mark Owens Mark Owens   See fewer
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Rita Hayworth
Rita Owens Rita Owens   See fewer
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John Gallaudet
Ray Patterson Ray Patterson   See fewer
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Marc Lawrence
'Blast' Reardon 'Blast' Reardon   See fewer
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Patricia Farr
Maimie Maimie   See fewer
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John Hamilton
Captain Wallace Captain Wallace   See fewer
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Ralph Byrd
Williamson Williamson   See fewer
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Walter Soderling
'Camera-Eye' Condon 'Camera-Eye' Condon   See fewer
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Russell Hicks
Kurt Feldon Kurt Feldon   See fewer
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John Tyrrell
Bill Morris Bill Morris   See fewer
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Lester Dorr
'Trigger' 'Trigger'   See fewer
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Sammy Blum
Bartender (uncredited) Bartender (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dick Botiller
Mike (uncredited) Mike (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jay Eaton
Harry-the-Actor (uncredited) Harry-the-Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eddie Fetherston
Simmons (uncredited) Simmons (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Fiske
Groom (uncredited) Groom (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sam Flint
Chafin (uncredited) Chafin (uncredited)   See fewer
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Herbert Heywood
Hot-Cake Joe (uncredited) Hot-Cake Joe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Howard Hickman
Harrison (uncredited) Harrison (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ruth Hilliard
Ronnie's Wife (uncredited) Ronnie's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Matty Kemp
Arnold (uncredited) Arnold (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lucille Lund
Ruby (uncredited) Ruby (uncredited)   See fewer
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Norma Pabst
Field Porter (uncredited) Field Porter (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Sully
Contact (uncredited) Contact (uncredited)   See fewer
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Martha Tibbetts
Bride (uncredited) Bride (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ronnie (uncredited) Ronnie (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jane Weir
Harry's Wife (uncredited) Harry's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 20 votes