The Perils of Pauline (1933 serial)

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Movie Serial (1933)

Evalyn Knapp (Pauline Hargraves)
Robert Allen (Robert Warde)
John Davidson (Doctor Bashan)
James Durkin (Professor Hargraves)
William Desmond (Professor Thompson (chapters 9 through 12))

Pauline Hargraves is the intrepid daughter of Professor Hargraves, a noted doctor of chemistry and archeology. She and Willie Dodge, her father's cowardly secretary, have accompanied Professor Hargraves to China in search of a legendary ivory disk. Unfortunately, the villainous Asian warlord, Doctor Bashan, is also after the disk. Their paths cross again and again, across countries and continents, in situations that are always thrilling.

Keystone B/LB Bomber Family

Chapter 1 : The Guns of Doom
A flight of bombers with a single-engine aircraft lower the mainstream.

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Chapter 2 : The Typhoon of Terror

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Unidentified Aircraft

Chapter 1 : The Guns of Doom
The twin-engine bomber is just a single-engine one on this close-up showing the bombs dropping.

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Chapter 2 : The Typhoon of Terror
Later, unidentified biplanes ...

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Fairchild 71

Chapter 6 : Pursued by Savages
Reg. NC2K Fairchild 71 c/n 675 built in 1929.

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Close-up on the Pratt & Whitney Wasp powerplant.
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Chapter 7 : Tracked by the Enemy

With an unwanted aircraft in the background (!)

Unidentified Aircraft

Chapter 6 : Pursued by Savages
Shortly after the Fairchild 71 takeoff, we can see it coming and going with this continuity error, since a biplane is sometimes seen during evolutions.

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Buhl CA-6 Airsedan

Chapter 7 : Tracked by the Enemy
Reg. NC8446 (cancelled on 17 September 1939) Buhl CA-6 c/n 52, the first of 15 CA-6 Airsedan, a 1929 Sesquiplane evolution of CA-5. NC8446 was the property of Paul Mantz and christened Honeymoon Express.

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Chapter 8 : Dangerous Depths

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Dornier Do X

Reg. D-1929 Dornier Do-X of Deutsche Luft Hansa.
Same aircraft in other movies at Frequently Seen Aircraft (Civil Fixed-Wing).

Chapter 8 : Dangerous Depths
Most of these newsreel footages (melting first flights in Germany and the 1931 journey in the USA) are seen again on Chapter 9.

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Chapter 9 : The Mummy Walks
Reaching New York on 27 August 1931.
Chased by an unidentified high-wing aircraft.

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Ford Trimotor

Chapters 8 & 9, (presumed) boarding and unboarding the Dornier Do X.
The corrugated skin doesn't match with the smooth sheet metal of the Dornier Do X fuselage. Access was on the sponsons, under the wing not just aft it as here. (top left) We guess a "S" and most probably a "Y" before. So, a Northwest Airways Ford Trimotor (from which the company name written over the threshold has been erased) ?

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Unidentified Aircraft

Chapter 9 : The Mummy Walks
According the screenplay, this is aboard the Dornier Do X which has round windows ... and a luxury cabin (not this classic one).
Most probably inside the Ford Trimotor.

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