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The Skywayman
Director: James P. Hogan (Dir)
Release Date:   5 Sep 1920
Duration (in reels):   5
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Cast:   Lt. Ormer Locklear (Capt. Norman)  
    Louise Lovely (Virginia Ames)  
    Sam DeGrasse (Dr. Wayne Leveridge)  
    Ted McCann (William Elmer)  
    Jack Brammall (Nobby Brooks)  

Summary: Captain Norman Craig, a war hero, returns suffering from a loss of memory sustained in an accident at the front. His sweetheart, Virginia Ames, anxiously accepts the advice of scientist Dr. Wayne Leveridge when he tells them that he has conceived a plan to restore the captain's memory. In actuality, the doctor is scheming to lure Virginia and the Ames jewels into his possession. The doctor suggests a fake robbery, but Craig pursues the thieves by plane, and in the ensuing struggle a blow to the head restores his memory. The doctor's motives thus exposed, the crooks are arrested and the captain finally remembers his sweetheart. 

Production Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Distribution Company: Fox Film Corp.  
Director: James P. Hogan (Dir)
Producer: William Fox (Pres)
Writer: Julius G. Furthman (Scen)
  Julius G. Furthman (Story)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
William Fox 5/9/1920 dd/mm/yyyy LP15523

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Genre: Drama
 
Subjects (Major): Amnesia
  Aviation
  Aviators
  Chases
  Scientists
  War heroes
  War injuries
 
Subjects (Minor): Jewelry
  Officers (Military)
  Robbery
  Thieves

Note: Famed aviator Lt. Ormer Locklear and his pilot Lt. Milton Elliott were killed in a plane accident during a landing while filming this picture. According to reviews and news items, the film included scenes of Locklear's plane in flames. The board of directors of Fox decided to give ten percent of the film's profits to the families of the aviators; the film was released earlier than planned because of this. Some scenes in the film were shot over San Francisco. 

Bibliographic Sources:   Date   Page
ETR   11 Sep 20   p. 1620.
MPN   21 Aug 20   p. 1458.
MPN   11 Sep 20   p. 2131.
MPN   31 Jan 20   p. 778.
MPW   11 Sep 20   p. 246.
Wid's   5 Sep 20   p. 11.

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