Silent Aviation Double Feature: Daring Deeds/Won in the Clouds [DVD]

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Won in the Clouds
Fans of stunt pilot Al Wilson had no reason for complaint when their favorite flyboy brought forth his 1928 vehicle Won in the Clouds. There's a plot of sorts, as Wilson tries to save the heroine -- and his father's diamond mine -- from the clutches of the villains. Other than that, the film is virtually all action, with most of that action taking place thousands of feet above the clouds. The highlight is a brutal fistfight on the wing of Wilson's plane, with nary a stunt double or process screen to be found anywhere. Won in the Clouds was one of the few Al Wilson films to enjoy a "second life" on the 8-millimeter home-movie market of the 1960s and 1970s. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Daring Deeds
Noted for its stunt-flying scenes rather than its threadbare plot and production values, this silent action melodrama starred Billy Sullivan, a nephew of former heavyweight Champion John L. Sullivan. Sullivan played William Gordon, Jr., the carefree son of an aeroplane manufacturer (Tom Lingham). Against his father's wishes, Gordon falls in love with Helen Courtney (Molly Malone), the daughter of an inventor (Lafe Mckee), whom he saves from a usurper (Earl Metcalfe). Not only that, but Billy goes on to win the big race in the inventor's machine and receives a government contract for his father. Ironically, the film's villain, Earl Metcalfe, was tragically killed in a real-life airplane accident on January 26, 1928. ~ Hans J. Wollstein, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Al Wilson
  • Helen Foster
    Helen Foster
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    George B. French
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    Myrtis Crinley
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    Joe Bennett
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