The Airmail Mystery, 1932, Happy Anniversary! Premiered March 28, 1932. Lost…

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The Airmail Mystery was a Universal serial and is considered a lost film, released in 1932, two reels each. TAM starred James Flavin and Lucile Browne, and was directed by Ray Taylor. As with many serials of the day the plots were adapted and published (please see Trove, the National Library of Australia for the adaptation of several of the chapters of The Airmail Mystery; 1  2 5 & 6  7 8 12) in newspapers, hoping to generate a larger audience. And not meaning to undermine the information from the Internet Movie Data Base, but according to the Catalog of Copyright I, the story and dialogue was written by Ella O’Neill with continuity by Basil Dickey, George H. Plympton and George Morgan. The proper title of episode one is “Pirates of the Air,” not “Pirate of the Air.” So little remains of this serial; it was not the smashing hit of some of the Universal cliff-hangers of the 1920’s and therefore the advertising budget was not overwhelming. Images that are available (a poster sheet and one poster) are from The Airmail Mystery press book, owned by, and therefore I am unable to use them for this post. I have included all that I can, including a synopsis of episode 2.






Chapter Titles:

  • 1. Pirates of the Air
  • 2. Hovering Death
  • 3. A Leap For Life
  • 4. A Fatal Crash
  • 5. The Hawk Strikes
  • 6. Bridge of Destruction
  • 7. The Hawk’s Treachery
  • 8. The Aerial Third Degree
  • 9. Attack on the Mine
  • 10.The Hawk’s Lair
  • 11.The Law Strikes
  • 12.The Mail Must Go Through



By C. S. Williams


Catalog of Coypright Entries, Part 1, Group 3, Dramatic Compositions and Motion Pictures, Volume 5, For The Year 1932, Nos. 1-12


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