GenreAdventure, Action Duration CountryUnited States
WriterBasil Dickey, Robert Hershon, George H. Plympton, Hal Forrest Release dateMarch 5, 1935 (1935-03-05) ScreenplayGeorge H. Plympton, Robert Hershon, Ella ONeill, Raymond Cannon, Basil Dickey CastNoah Beery - Jr (Skeeter Milligan), Jean Rogers (Betty Lou Barnes), Matthew Betz (Horace Ray), Delphine Drew (Inez Casmetto), Bryant Washburn (Ned Curtis) Similar moviesRelated Ray Taylor movies
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery is a 12-episode 1935 Universal movie serial based on the Tailspin Tommy comic strip by Hal Forrest and starring Clark Williams, Jean Rogers and Noah Beery, Jr.. The picture was the 96th of the 137 serials released by the studio (the 28th of which to be made with sound).
"Tailspin" Tommy (Clark Williams) and his fellow pilots prevent a group of corrupt businessmen, Manuel Casmetto (Herbert Heywood) and Horace Raymore (Matthew Betz ) from stealing Nazil Island's oil reserves. They are aided in their efforts by news reporter Milt Howe (Pat J. O'Brien). When Tommy is triumphant, he also finds he has a movie contract.
Wreck of the Dirigible
The Roaring Fire God
Hurled from the Skies
A Bolt from the Blue
The Crash in the Clouds
Wings of Disaster
Crossed and Double Crossed
The Dungeon of Doom
The Last Stand
Clark Williams as "Tailspin" Tommy Tompkins
Jean Rogers as Betty Lou Barnes, one of "Tailspin" Tommy's companions
Delphine Drew as Inez Casmetto
Noah Beery, Jr. as Skeeter Milligan, one of "Tailspin" Tommy's companions
Bryant Washburn as Ned Curtis, Betty's uncle and a heroic oil tycoon
Pat J. O'Brien as Milt Howe, a masked mystery plot known as The Eagle and El Condor
Herbert Heywood as Manuel Casmetto, villainous half-brother of Don Alvarado Casmetto
Matthew Betz as Horace Raymore, villainous oil tycoon
Paul Ellis as Enrico Garcia, Don Casmetto secretary and Manuel Casmetto's henchman
Harry Worth as Don Alvarado Casmetto, Nazil Island's ruler
Manuel López as Gomez
Charles A. Browne as Paul Smith
James P. Burtis as Bill McGuire, a reporter
Frank Mayo as the Dirigible Captain
Frank Clarke as a flyer, billed as "Air Ace Frank Clark"
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery used a number of aircraft including a Fleet biplane, a Stearman C3 and a Fairchild cabin monoplane. A mock-up of a dirigible included an interior section.
Frank Clarke, stunt pilot
Tailspin Tommy in the Great Air Mystery is considered to be an improvement on the previous Tailspin Tommy serial.