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The Mysterious Pilot

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Director  Spencer Gordon Bennet
Country  United States
3.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Adventure, Crime
Language  English
The Mysterious Pilot movie poster

Writer  George M. Merrick, George Rosener
Release date  December 9, 1937 (1937-12-09)
Sequel  The Secret of Treasure Island
Screenplay  George Rosener, George M. Merrick
Cast  Frank Hawks (RCAF Capt. Jim Dorn), Dorothy Sebastian (Jean McNain), Esther Ralston (Vivian McNain), Rex Lease (RCAF Sergeant 'Kansas' Eby), Guy Bates Post ('Papa' Bergelot), Kenneth Harlan (Carter Snowden)
Similar movies  The Green Archer, Mysterious Doctor Satan, Zorro's Fighting Legion, The Vigilante: Fighting Hero of the West, Zorro Rides Again, Son of Zorro
Tagline  To Mr. and Mrs. Theatre-Goer! You'll find real adult entertainment of the finest type in THE MYSTERIOUS PILOT!

Dorothy sebastian in the mysterious pilot 1937

The Mysterious Pilot is a 15-episode 1937 Columbia movie serial based on the book by William Byron Mowery and starring the record-breaking aviator Frank Hawks. This was the second serial produced by Columbia.



Carter Snowden (Kenneth Harlan) about to marry Jean McNain (Dorothy Sebastian), is accused of murder. When his accuser is killed, Jean flees the train she is on, and heads into the Canadian woods. Snowden sends a bodyguard to find Jean, who appeals to Captain Jim Down (Frank Hawks) for help. With his friend "Kansas" (Rex Lease) and Indian Luke (Yakima Canutt), Jim hides Jean.

Snowden tracks down Jean and tries to lure her to his aircraft by telling her that Jim is injured and needs her. As soon as they realize what has happened, Jim and Kansas take to the air and force Snowden's aircraft down. Jean is unhurt but Snowden dies in the crash. Trying to get down to Jean, Jim's parachute gets tangled in the trees and Jean ends up rescuing him.

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  • Frank Hawks as Captain Jim Down
  • Dorothy Sebastian as Jean McNain
  • Esther Ralston as Vivian McNain
  • Rex Lease as RCAF Sergeant "Kansas" Eby
  • Guy Bates Post as "Papa" Bergelot
  • Kenneth Harlan as Carter Snowden
  • Yakima Canutt as Indian Luke
  • George Rosener as Fritz
  • Clara Kimball Young as Martha, Fritz's Wife
  • Frank Lackteen as Yoroslaff, a henchman
  • Harry Harvey as "Soft Shoe" Cardigan, a henchman
  • Tom London as Kilgour, a henchman
  • Bob Walker as Boyer, a lumberjack henchman
  • Ted Adams as Carlson, a henchman
  • Production

    Mysterious Pilot was adapted from the novel "The Silver Hawk" by William Byron Mowery. Frank Hawks was billed in Mysterious Pilot as the "Fastest airman in the world." After each episode, Hawks appeared to deliver a "flying lesson". A Sikorsky S-39 amphibian was featured in the serial.


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