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Sky Racket (1937)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 1 October 1937 (USA)
A government agent sets out to capture a gang of airmail bandits who use a death ray to blow planes out of the sky.


Sam Katzman


Basil Dickey (screenplay), Basil Dickey (story)




Complete credited cast:
Bruce Bennett ... Eric Lane - Agent 17 (as Herman Brix)
Joan Barclay ... Marion Bronson
Monte Blue ... Benjamin Arnold
Hattie McDaniel ... Jenny (as Hattie McDaniels)
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Roger Bronson
Duncan Renaldo ... Count Barksi (as Duncan Rinaldo)
Jack Mulhall ... Henchman Meggs
Roger Williams ... Henchman Nick Reagan
Edward Earle ... FBI Chief Maddox
Earle Hodgins ... Henchman Spike Hodgins
Frank Wayne Frank Wayne ... Henchman Pete
Ed Cassidy ... FBI Agent Wilks


A government agent sets out to capture a gang of airmail bandits who use a death ray to blow planes out of the sky.

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Release Date:

1 October 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Ray See more »

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1.37 : 1
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This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources) no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. It's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 29 November 1943 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1); in Los Angeles it first hit the air waves Thursday 20 January 1949 on KFI (Channel 9). See more »


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Not as bad as the plot might suggest!
21 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Sky Racket" stars Herman Brix--an Olympic athlete who wisely changed his name to Bruce Bennett after starring in a few films. While neither are household names today, Bennett had a very long career and appeared in a ton of films and TV shows. Here he stars in a silly B-movie with a plot only 1930s Bs could use. Imagine--some crooks are using a death ray to knock airplanes out of the sky and Brix is sent to investigate. Believe it or not, it's the third movie with such a plot device that I've seen--and I am sure there were a few more, as death rays and airplanes were fair game in the wacky 1930s! And, incidentally, Brix starred in another film with a death ray in 1938!! With such a plot, you know you are not watching Shakespeare or a Merchant-Ivory production. However, I really think that this sort of escapism is nice for a change of pace and I love a kitschy B-movie now and again.

So the bottom line is, is it any good or worth your time? Well, for the average viewer, it's probably not worth seeing and will be a hard sell. But, for people who love old films, it is not bad at all. In fact, like dbburroughs said in their clever review, it IS '...One of the better death ray knocks planes out of the sky films'. I sure wish I'd said that first!! Decent, silly and entertaining. Plus, it does offer something unusual--a screwball woman who actually is pretty smart and does NOT keep getting in the way!

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