Distributed by
Norman Studios, American, 1920 - 1928
Subject of
Criner, John L., American, 1898 - 1965
Boyd, Kathryn, American, 1897 - 1965
Created by
De Legge, Boise, American
Subject of
Platts, Harold
Daniels, Lions, American
Colvin, George, American, born 1864
Jordan, Sam
Brown, R.L.
Reynolds, Steve, American, 1892 - 1945
ink on paper
H x W: 11 × 13 15/16 in. (27.9 × 35.4 cm)
In this 1926 film, black fighter pilot Captain Billy Stokes, played by Laurence Criner, returns home from World War I a hero and resumes his civilian career as a railroad detective. The role of pilot Ruth Sawtelle, played by Kathryn Boyd, is inspired by aviator Bessie Coleman. Coleman had been in talks with race film studio Norman Productions to star in a film about her life when she was killed during a flight in Jacksonville, Florida.
A black and white lobby card for the film The Flying Ace.
The card features two heart-shaped vignettes, one of Kathryn Boyd with Lawrence Criner, in a WWI uniform, and one of a Boyd with another man. At the top left corner is an image of a man parachuting from a burning plane. Across the bottom is [The Greatest Airplane Thriller Ever Produced / Six Smashing Reels / Thrills! Love! / Laughs! Mystery! / Produced by Norman Studios / Arlington, Fla. / All Colored Cast featuring / Lawrence Criner and Kathryn Boyd / Supported by / Boise De Legge, Harold Platts, Lions Daniel, George Colvin, Sam Jordan, Dr. R. L. Brown, and Steve Reynolds, (PEG).
Transcription Center Status
Transcription Available
Place used
United States, North and Central America
Collection title
A Cinema Apart: African American Film Memorabilia (Larry Richards Collection)
Memorabilia and Ephemera-Advertisements
lobby cards
Race films
U.S. History, 1919-1933
World War I
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
Public domain

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