Adventures of the Flying Cadets

A group of flying cadets have to clear themselves of a murder charge, while trying to stop a traitorous scientist from selling secrets to the Nazis.

Adventures of the Flying Cadets is a 13-episode 1943 Universal film serial directed by Ray Taylor and Lewis D. Collins.

Flying students Danny Collins (Johnny Downs), “Jinx” Roberts (Bobby Jordan), “Scrapper” McKay (Ward Wood) and “Zombie” Parker (William Benedict) are suspected of a series of murders perpetrated by engineer, Arthur Galt (Robert Armstrong) operating as a Nazi agent known as the Black Hangman. He has disposed of several people who accompanied him on an expedition which located lost helium deposits in Africa.

Galt has also imprisoned the remaining members of the expedition, Professor Mason (Selmer Jackson) and his daughter Andre (Jennifer Holt). Galt plans to sell the helium to Germany through a Gestapo ring headed by Kurt von Heiger (Eduardo Ciannelli). The four students, believing Galt to be an ally, fly with him to Africa as they hope to track down Von Heiger, thinking he is the Black Hangman, and clear their own names on the charges of murder. The four are pursued to Africa by U.S. Army Intelligence officer Captain Ralph Carson (Regis Toomey).

The boys survive a tailspin and upon landing, take Galt into custody but momentarily he convinces authorities that he is innocent. When he tries to contact other Nazi agents, he is revealed to be their ring leader. The cadets are vindicated and receive Air Force Wings as they prepare to join Allied pilots going off to war.

Johnny Downs as Cadet Danny Collins
Bobby Jordan as Cadet “Jinx” Roberts
Ward Wood as Cadet “Scrapper” McKay
William Benedict as Cadet “Zombie” Parker
Jennifer Holt as Andre Mason
Eduardo Ciannelli as Kurt von Heiger, alias Corby
Regis Toomey as Captain Ralph Carson
Robert Armstrong as Arthur Galt/The Black Hangman
Charles Trowbridge as Maj. William Elliott
Joseph Crehan as Colonel George Bolton
Addison Richards as A.J. “Jack” Hill
Leyland Hodgson as Captain Hartley, British Army
Ian Keith as Colonel Lee
Philip Van Zandt as Herman Klott/Jack Hargrove
Joan Blair as Frau Klott/Mrs. Hargrove
Selmer Jackson as Professor Mason

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