Air Hawks [DVD] [1935]

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Air Hawks
Generous stock footage from such previous Columbia aviation epics as Flight and Dirigible helped to make Air Hawks (working title: Air Fury) seem more costly than it really was. Real-life pilot Wiley Post, who'd recently grabbed the headlines with his daring around-the-world flight, plays himself, while the acting relief is provided by Ralph Bellamy (hero), Tala Birrell (heroine) and Douglass Dumbrille (villain). The plot has something to do with an infra-red "death ray" which figures prominently in the rivalry between two competing air services. Singled out for critical praise was the sound-effects work by Edward Bernds, who later became a prolific Columbia "B"-picture and 2-reeler director. Air Hawks was released in late May of 1935; in less than two months, Wiley Post and his close friend Will Rogers would perish in a plane crash of the coast of Alaska. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Ralph Bellamy
    Ralph Bellamy - Barry
  • Wiley Post
    Wiley Post - Wiley Post
  • Tala Birell
    Tala Birell - Letty Lynn
  • Douglas Dumbrille
    Douglas Dumbrille - Arnold
  • Billie Seward
    Billie Seward - Mona

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