VCI Entertainment will be bringing in for a DVD landing on Nov. 29 the directing team of Ford Beebe and Ray Taylor’s 1941 — pre-war — 12-chapter espionage serial, Sky Raiders.
War rages in Europe and World War I flying ace Capt. Bob Dayton (Donald Woods — The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Corregidor, Anthony Adverse, etc.) knows what horrors that could bring to America if it finally reaches our shores. So he, and his flying buddy from the war, Lt. Ed Carey (Robert Armstrong — King Kong, Man of Conquest, Adventures of the Flying Cadets), run Sky Raiders, Inc., an aviation research and production plant.
As the story unfolds, we find that they are feverishly at work on a new fighter for the Army, which has come under the purview of “foreign interests.”
Veteran villain Eduardo Ciannelli — Guru in Gunga Din, the High Priest in The Mummy’s Hand and many others — plays Felix Lynx who has, naturally, come up with a diabolical plan to steal the aircraft in question. This involves a perfect doppelgänger of Dayton by the name of John Kane (also played Donald Woods).
Lynx is ably assisted by Innis Clair (Jacqueline Dalya), while Kathryn Adams co-stars as Mary Blake, Dayton’s love interest … “Dead End Kid”/”East Side Kid” Billy Halop is also on hand as Dayton’s flying protégé.
12 thrill-pack cliffhangers featuring planes crashing, automobile wrecks and impossible escapes are featured in this vintage serial adventure.