Daredevils of the Clouds
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Daredevils of the Clouds
Daredevils of the Clouds
Theatrical poster
Directed byGeorge Blair
Produced byStephen Auer
Written byRonald Davidson (story)
Norman S. Hall (screenplay)
StarringRobert Livingston
Mae Clarke
James Cardwell
Music byMorton Scott
CinematographyJohn MacBurnie
Edited byRichard L. Van Enger
Distributed byRepublic Pictures Corp.
Release date
  • June 26, 1948 (1948-06-26)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States

Daredevils of the Clouds (aka Daredevils of the Sky) is a 60-minute 1948 drama film, directed by George Blair and produced by Republic Pictures. The film stars Robert Livingston, Mae Clarke and James Cardwell. Daredevils of the Clouds depicts bush pilot flying in northern Canada.[1]


Trans-Global Airlines president Douglas Harrison (Pierre Watkin) wants to force Terry O'Rourke (Robert Livingston), and his rival Polar Airways out of business. Harrison connives Kay Cameron (Mae Clarke) to infiltrate O'Rourke's Edmonton, Alberta headquarters. Sgt. Dixon (Hugh Prosser) of the Canadian Air Patrol discovers she and Harrison's company pilot, Johnny Martin (James Cardwell), were involved in a scheme to ruin O'Rourke.



The Capelis XC-12 as a movie prop was used in numerous films including Daredevils of the Clouds.

Under the working title, Daredevils of the Sky, principal photography began in mid-February 1948 at the Republic Pictures Corp. studio and backlots, Los Angeles, California.[2][Note 1]

The Capelis XC-12 was featured as a prop,[3]


Daredevils of the Clouds, was primarily a B film.[4] Aviation film historian Stephen Pendo characterized the film as "tedious" with the flying scenes, "routine".[5]

Actor-comedian Chris Elliott kept a vintage Daredevils of the Clouds poster in his office when he was a writer on Late Night with David Letterman. It appears as a prop decoration in his first two appearances as "The Guy Under The Seats" on "Late Night" in early 1984.



  1. ^ Daredevils of the Clouds was likely filmed at the RKO Forty Acres backlot, but is not listed in the "known productions".


  1. ^ Carlson 2012, p. 193.
  2. ^ "Original print information: Daredevils of the Clouds (1948)." Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved: October 29, 2014.
  3. ^ Farmer 1984, p. 40.
  4. ^ Wynne 1987, p. 172.
  5. ^ Pendo 1985, p. 24.


  • Carlson, Mark. Flying on Film: A Century of Aviation in the Movies, 1912-2012. Duncan, Oklahoma: BearManor Media, 2012. ISBN 978-1-59393-219-0.
  • Farmer, James H. Celluloid Wings: The Impact of Movies on Aviation. Blue Ridge Summit, Pennsylvania: Tab Books Inc., 1984. ISBN 978-0-83062-374-7.
  • Hughes, Howard. When Eagles Dared: The Filmgoers' History of World War II. London: I. B. Tauris, 2012. ISBN 978-1-84885-650-9.
  • Pendo, Stephen. Aviation in the Cinema. Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1985. ISBN 0-8-1081-746-2.
  • Wynne, H. Hugh. The Motion Picture Stunt Pilots and Hollywood's Classic Aviation Movies. Missoula, Montana: Pictorial Histories Publishing Co., 1987. ISBN 0-933126-85-9.

External links

Category:American aviation films Category:English-language films

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