Ep. 07: The Trackless Trail
Ace Drummond is a 1936 film serial based on the comic strip drawn by Clayton Knight and written by Eddie Rickenbacker. It featured aviator Ace Drummond and his adventures around the world. He is sent to Mongolia to find out why a mysterious villain known only as ‘The Dragon’ is trying to prevent the newly formed International Airways from setting up an airport there. Ace meets Peggy Trainor (Jean Rogers) who is searching for her archaeologist father who has disappeared. Together they search for answers to the puzzles…
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Ostensibly based on the life of World War I flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker, whose smiling visage opened each of the 13 chapters, this fanciful serial depicted the travails of a globe trotting airline company. It seems that a villain known only as The Dragon (Arthur Loft) is determined to sabotage the company, who in desperation hires daredevil pilot Ace Drummond (John King) to investigate. By the time of the serial’s 13th and final chapter — “The World Akin” — Drummond has not only managed to destroy The Dragon but also reunited lovely Peggy Trainor (Jean Rogers) with her long lost father (Montagu Shaw) and discovered a hidden mountain containing a fortune in jade. A former band singer with Ben Bernie, the rather bland John King later became \”Dusty\” King and enjoyed a minor career in B-Westerns. A legendary serial queen, blonde Jean Rogers gained her lasting reputation that same year when Universal cast her as Dale Arden in Flash Gordon. An edited feature version of Ace Drummond was released later in 1936 as Squadron of Doom.
Cast and Crew:
* John ‘Dusty’ King - Ace Drummond (as John King)
* Jean Rogers – Peggy Trainor
* Noah Beery Jr. – Jerry
Director: Ford Beebe, Cilfford Smith
Producer: Ben Koenig, Barney A. Sarecky
Production Company: Universal Pictures
Audio/Visual: sound, black & white
Date Release: 1936
Additional details in: IMDB
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