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Air-Tight (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Short  -  9 May 1931 (USA)
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The gang builds a glider.



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Complete credited cast:
David Sharpe ...
Gertrude Messinger ...
Mary Kornman ...
Betty Bolen ...
Grady Sutton ...


The college aerial club is at the airfield to inaugurate a new glider. Alabam gets a lot of teasing for being a "land lizard," never wanting to fly. Mary takes him aside to boost his spirits and offers to take his photo if he'll sit on a glider parked nearby. Dave is ready to take the club's glider up, but Mickey hooks the wrong rope to his car and pulls Alabam into the air. He hasn't a clue what to do; below, Mickey and Dave try to shout instructions while the glider's owner gives chase. What goes up . . . Written by <>

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glider | club | teasing | chase | airfield | See All (35) »


Comedy | Short






Release Date:

9 May 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Air-Tight  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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David Sharpe gets top billed in this one, and has several opportunities to show off his stunt expertise. See more »


Followed by Call a Cop! (1931) See more »

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Cheap, Unfunny and Just All Around Bad
24 January 2011 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Air-Tight (1931)

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Absolutely horrendous entry in the "Boy Friends" series has the group at a launching field where Grady Sutton gets into a glider, which accidentally takes off and soon he's flying around while Mickey Daniels and David Sharpe try to figure out a way for him to get down. I don't think anyone would be shocked to learn that the Boy Friends series got third-rate screenplays that were obviously not good enough for Hal Roach's higher talent like Laurel and Hardy. The series was always up and down but I've never seen one as bad as this entry, which ranks as one of the worst shorts I've seen from this period. Not only is there not a single laugh to be found but the technical quality of the picture is downright poor and whoever saw the rushes of this thing should have canceled the production right there. The shocking this is that future Oscar-winner George Stevens directed this thing and you can't tell he was doing anything. I'm going to guess that a lot of the footage is either stock footage or clips from a silent picture. The majority of the "air work" is poorly shot and it's obvious Sutton isn't in the plane. The "humor" on the ground isn't any better as we get severals scenes of Daniels and Sharpe trying to teach him how to jump out of the glider.

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