The Rocketeer,

Minute 005: Los Angeles 1938

April 28, 2017


In the far distance, the Gee Bee circles Chaplin Field.


The camera tracks with the Gee Bee as it passes behind the air race pylon. Two monoplanes seen earlier are parked near the hangars, next to Peevy’s brown Model T truck.

Peevy watches the Gee Bee in the distance, as Goose and Skeets laugh and talk to each other behind him.

Cliff lines the Gee Bee up on the runway and begins a low pass.

A close-up of Cliff as he shouts inside his canopy, “Hey, watch this, Peevy!” He gives a thumbs-up to the mechanics as he passes by them over the runway at about a three-foot altitude. The mechanics cheer as he passes.  Peevy returns the thumbs-up enthusiastically.

A close-up of Cliff smiling in the cockpit.

“National air races, next stop, Peevy!” shouts Goose, as he pats Peevy on the back. Skeets also pats Peevy on the back.

The Gee Bee climbs into the sky in the far distance.


Sunlight shines through the canopy as Cliff turns left over the bean field.

A port-side view of the Gee Bee over the rolling California hills

Title: “LOS ANGELES 1938”

The opening theme ends, punctuated by Lenny, shooting a machine gun from the rumble seat of a 1934 Ford V8 convertible. He is being chased by an LAPD black-and-white patrol car (a 1937 Dodge Touring Sedan) and an unmarked FBI vehicle (a 1938 Ford Deluxe).

Wilmer, driving the getaway car, turns to look back at the police car chasing him. In the passenger seat is a large case with the words “AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY” etched in gold letters on the top side of the case.

Lenny continues to fire at the police car as the three vehicles race down a rutted dirt road.

In the FBI vehicle, Agents Fitch and Wooly try to see past the LAPD sedan in front of them. Fitch, in the passenger seat, fires his revolver at the getaway car.

“Hey, Fitch!” says Wooly, “Are you trying to save on ammo? Nail ’em!”

“I can’t get a clean shot!” shouts Fitch. “I wish that-”

In This Minute

William Sanderson as Skeets
Don Pugsley as Goose
Eddie Jones as Malcolm
Alan Arkin as Peevy
Bill Campbell as Cliff Secord
Tommy J. Huff as Lenny
Max Grodénchik as Wilmer
Ed Lauter as Fitch
James Handy as Wooly



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