The Air Adventures of Jimmy Allen
(1933 - 1947)
Adventure / Drama
Cast: John Frank, Robert Fisk, Shelby Storck and Ed Prentiss
This series included the boy wonder and pilot, Jimmie Allen, his best teenage buddy, Speed Robertson, and mechanic, Flash Lewis. As a team they would solve crimes, often thwarting the schemes of the corrupt Black Pete and the dishonorable Digger Dawson. Jimmie Allen was so popular a character that Paramount shot the feature film The Sky Parade. Bob Burtt and Bill Moore, WWI aces and Kansas City Missouri residents, came up with the idea of Jimmie Allen at a party.
The character of Jimmie Allen was resourceful, smart, and courageous, an archetype for a fine American boy. John Frank directed the show and at 40 years old played the role of 16-year-old Jimmie Allen. Robert Fiske and Shelby Storck, respectively, played the roles of Speed Robertson and Flash Lewis.
The show was sponsored by Skelly Oil which created the Jimmie Allen Flying Club, requiring children to apply for the club at any Skelly gas station. Applicants received a set of wings , a membership emblem, and a 'personal letter' from Jimmie Allen.