MILL CREEK NIGHTMARE WORLDS: Emergency Landing (1941)

William Beaudine made movies in almost every genre and not only that, he made tons of them. His career started in 1909 and ended in 1966 with Billy the Kid Versus Dracula and Jesse James Meets Frankenstein’s Daughter. He made 75 movies in the forties and Emergency Landing also known as Robot Pilot is one of seven he made in 1941. His nickname? “One Shot” because that’s all he ever used, hurrying to get movies finished and out of the way.

“Doc” Williams (Emmett Vogan) has invented a wireless remote control airplane, but he and his pilot friend Jerry Barton (Forrest Tucker) have difficulty selling it, even to Jerry’s aircraft industry boss George Lambert (William Halligan). Meanwhile, two enemy agents plan on stealing that invention and oh yeah, don’t forget the screwball comedy with George’s spoiled daughter Betty (Carol Hughes, who plays Dale Arden in the Flash Gordon serials).

There’s also a role for Billy Curtis as Judge Gildersleeve. Curtis was the Muchkin city father in The Wizard of Oz, as well as roles in Gorilla at LargeGogHigh Plains Drifter and Eating Raoul over his fifty year career.

This played on TV as early as 1945, making it one of the first films to play on that new at the time invention.

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