The Flying Ace

65 minutes 2012

Made in Florida in 1926, this low-key comic mystery is interesting today mainly as an example of the "race films" made with all-black casts for segregated theaters. A police detective, once a decorated pilot in World War I, is hired to recover $25,000 stolen from a rural train station, and an aerial chase factors in the climax. This is pleasant on its own terms, with an amiable vibe and several moments of clever comic invention (like the one-legged man simultaneously riding a bicycle and firing a shotgun). Director Richard E. Norman ran the Norman Film Manufacturing Company, the Jacksonville-based production house that distributed the movie.

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