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Tailspin Tommy in The Great Air Mystery (1935)

A 12-episode serial in which Tailspin Tommy evades volcanoes, anti-aircraft shells, and time bombs as he foils a plan by corrupt profiteers to steal an island's oil reserves.


Ray Taylor


Hal Forrest (adapted from famous newspaper cartoon), Raymond Cannon (screenplay) | 4 more credits »


Cast overview, first billed only:
Clark Williams ... Tailspin Tommy Tompkins
Jean Rogers ... Betty Lou Barnes
Delphine Drew Delphine Drew ... Inez Casmetto
Noah Beery Jr. ... 'Skeeter' Milligan
Bryant Washburn ... Ned Curtis
Pat J. O'Brien ... Milt Howe (as Pat O'Brien)
Herbert Heywood Herbert Heywood ... Manuel Casmetto
Matthew Betz ... Horace Raymore (as Mathew Betz)
Paul Ellis ... Enrico Garcia [Chs. 2-9]
Harry Worth ... Don Alvarado Casmetto
Manuel López Manuel López ... Gomez [Chs. 3-6, 8-12] (as Manuel Lopez)
Charles A. Browne ... Paul Smith [Chs. 1-2] (as Charles Browne)
James P. Burtis ... Bill McGuire
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Mrs. Tompkins [Ch. 1]
Frank Mayo ... Dirigible Captain [Ch. 1]
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A 12-episode serial in which Tailspin Tommy evades volcanoes, anti-aircraft shells, and time bombs as he foils a plan by corrupt profiteers to steal an island's oil reserves. Written by Herman Seifer <alagain@aol.com>

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THE SMASHING SUCCESSOR TO THE SMASHING SERIAL IS HERE!...Far Greater Than "Tailspin Tommy" With More Adventures, Thrills, Excitement - And Mystery! See more »


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Did You Know?


The 96th of 137 serials released by Universal Pictures, and the 28th with sound. See more »


At the beginning of Chapter 9, "Wings of Disaster", when the fake machine gun fires, the pyrotechnic canisters fly out of the tubes and hang there. See more »


Skeeter Milligan: [to Tommy] Oh, boy, some landing, Tailspin - amd in the dark too!
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Followed by Mystery Plane (1939) See more »

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Tailspin Tommy Serials
30 April 2006 | by richardeturner45See all my reviews

As a young boy in the 1930's I tried to see each of the chapters of this movie serial. Tailspin and his partner were my heroes on the radio too. I used to run around with my arms outstretched imitating a plane in flight and would have given anything to have a helmet like the Eagle wore in the serial. I lost contact with this movie for years until one day I happened on a Big Little Book with the story in it. I bought the book at a yard sale and using it as a guide tracked down the movie. I have it and others in my BLB and movie serial collection. I try to watch them all in a given years period which is quite difficult but Tailspin Tommy always seems to make it in the ones I chose to watch. Thank you for giving me the chance to let others know how much I like all the chapters of this fine serial.

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

21 October 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mistérios do Ar See more »

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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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