The Flying Ace
DIRECTOR: RICHARD E. NORMAN
CAST: STEVE REYNOLDS
A rural crime drama revolving around a pair of rival aviators, The Flying Ace is popular entertainment in the traditional Hollywood style, and a unique aviation melodrama in that no airplanes actually leave the ground (the spectacular flight scenes being performed on terra firma, in front of neutral backdrops). The film is divided into chapters, so that exhibitors could show the film as a feature or as a six-episode serial and is buoyed by the presence of Norman Studios regular Steve “Peg” Reynolds, who in one memorable scene rides a bicycle while firing a rifle built into the shaft of his crutch.
Mastered from 35mm film elements from the Norman Studios Collection, preserved by the Library of Congress. Musical score compiled from historic photoplay music by The Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra.