Ace Drummond (1936)

13 part film serial
35mm film, black and white, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American science fiction serial directed by Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith.


Ace Drummond is a ‘G-Man of the sky', assigned to pursue a Mongolian villain known only as ‘The Dragon'. He teams up with Peggy Trainor who is searching for her missing archaeologist father. Along the way they discover that The Dragon has an atomic ray gun.


Directed by: Ford Beebe and Cliff Smith
© [not given on screen]
Filmcraft Inc presents. A Filmcraft production
Associate Producers: Barney A. Sarecky, Ben Koening
Screen Play: Wyndhgam Gittens, Norman S. Hall, Ray Trampe
Based on the newspaper feature entitled “Ace Drummond” owned and copyrighted by King Features Syndicate, created by Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, America's beloved Ace of Aces, the inspiration of youthful airmen the world over
Photography: Richard Fryer
Supervising Editor: Saul A. Goodkind
Edited by: Edward Todd, Alvin Todd, Louis Sackin
Words and Music – Give Me a Ship and a Song: Ray Kellogg
Production Sound Mixer:
Recorded by: R.C.A Victor High Fidelity Sound System
Art Director: Ralph DeLacey

John King as Ace Drummond
Jean Rogers as Peggy Trainor
Noah Beery Jr as Jerry
Guy Bates Post as the lama
Lon Chaney Jr as Ivan
Jackie Morrow as Billy
Robert Warwick
James Leong
Chester Gan
Arthur Loft
James Eagles
Montague Shaw
Fredrik Vogeding
Al Bridge
Hooper Atchley
Ed Cobb


1. Where East Meets West
2. Invisible Enemy
3. Doorway of Doom
4. The Radio Riddle
5. Bullets of Sand
6. Evil Spirits
7. The Trackless Trail
8. The Sign in the Sky
9. Secret Service
10. Mountain of Jade
11. The Dragon Commands
12. Squadron of Death
13. The World Akin

Alternative Titles

Asas Invencíveis – Portugal
Az Drummond – Brazil
Los dragones suicidas – Mexico
Ta mystiria tou thivet – Greece



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