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Circular from Norman Studios advertising the film The flying ace, probably 1926


author: Norman Film Manufacturing Company
extent: [2] p.
date: [1926]
summary: Circular from Norman Film Manufacturing Company, a Jacksonville-based, white independent film company active from 1921 to 1926 that specialized in outdoor adventure films for African American audiences, advertising the film The Flying Ace, probably from 1926. The cover features a proud man in uniform, a diving airplane, and a parachuting man, and advertises thrills, action, and punch. Beneath the image is text advertising an "all star colored cast" and six reels of love, thrills, and romance. A space is provided in which the theater might print its name, but the space is blank. The inside of the herald reemphasizes the "all colored cast" and promotes star Kathryn Boyd as a "female daredevil." The circular mentions that her co-star, Lawrence Criner, is one of the original Lafayette Players. Members of the supporting cast are also listed. The text is surrounded by images from the film. The back of the circular shows another image from the film, provides a synopsis of the plot, and describes stunts performed in the film.
repository: Middle Georgia Archives
collection: Charles Henry Douglass business records
box: 20
folder: 192
item: 3

subjects:

Jacksonville (Fla.)
Norman Film Manufacturing Company
Criner, Lawrence, 1898-1965
Boyd, Kathryn
African Americans in the motion picture industry
African Americans in motion pictures
Race in motion pictures
Race films--United States
Feature films--United States
Adventure films--United States
Film posters--Florida--Jacksonville
Advertising--Motion pictures--Florida--Jacksonville
Flying ace (Motion picture : 1926)
Advertising fliers
Circulars




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[Note: Image of a soldier standing at attention backgrounded by an action scene depicting a parachutist escaping from a diving, flaming biplane. The images are framed by a dark border, with space at the bottom of the page for insertion of the theatre's name]

"The FLYING ACE"
THRILLS!
ACTION!
Punch!
A SUPER FEATURE
with an all star Colored Cast
Six Reels of Love! Thrills! Romance
-- AT --]



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[Note: A black outline frames seven photos depicting scenes from the film, arranged around the text]

The Norman Studios Present
"The FLYING ACE"
The Greatest Airplane Mystery Thriller Even [Ever] Produced.
Co-Starring
KATHRYN BOYD, Female Daredevil
LAWRENCE CRINER
of the Original Lafayette Players]

Supported by a professional cast including the famous Boise De Legge, Harold Platts, Lions Daniels, Sam Jordan, Geo. [George] Colvin, Dr. R. L. Brown and Steve Reynolds, (PEG).

SIX SMASHING REELS
ALL COLORED CAST



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[Note: A single black line and dark border frame the text; there are two photo stills from the film at the bottom corners. The "N," which appears in the frame at center top, appears to be a trademark symbol for Norman Studios]

N [Norman (Studios)]]

[Note: A photo depicting the characters Tucker and Ruth appears above a caption of associated dialog]

Tucker -- "Ruth, for the hundredth time, I again ask you to marry me!"]

THE FLYING ACE, SENSATION OF THE YEAR

Captain Wm. [William] Stokes, World War Hero and Flying Ace, is called upon to solve the most baffling mystery of his career. As head of the Intelligence Department of one of the big American Railroads he is called upon to clear up the disappearance of Paymaster Kimball with the $25,000 payroll of the Eastern Division. As in a puff of smoke, the paymaster has disappeared and left no trace. All clues point to the guilt of Thomas Sawtelle, the aged Station Master of the little station in Mayport. Ruth, the Station Master's daughter, firmly believes in the innocence of her father and the ability of Captain Stokes to clear him. Finley Tucker, an aviator who is in love with Ruth, tries to cast suspicion upon himself to save Ruth's father, by telling Captain Stokes to go to the Dismal Swamp, and there he will see buzzards circling above it, and find the body of Paymaster Kimball. Captain Stokes goes to the swamp and finds buzzards circling over it and also finds there the key to the mystery.

A tiny wisp of excelsior, a small vial, white stains on a man's hands, the smell of fresh paper money on another's hands, aid Captain Stokes to save an innocent man from prison.

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BIG FIGHTS ON LAND AND IN AIR

See Tucker's plane loop three times in the air when he is struggling with Ruth, burst into flames, Tucker's flaming leap in a parachute and Ruth's daredevil climb up a slender rope ladder to safety in Captain Stokes' plane.

DON'T MISS THE SENSATION OF THE YEAR