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Flying High (1931)

Passed  -  Comedy | Musical | Romance  -  14 November 1931 (USA)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Rusty
Charlotte Greenwood ...
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Sport
Kathryn Crawford ...
Eileen
Charles Winninger ...
Doctor Brown
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Mrs. Smith
Guy Kibbee ...
Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti ...
Gordon
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ...
(as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)
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Gus Arnheim ...
Himself - the Orchestra Leader
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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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Trivia

When Kate Smith played the female lead in the original Broadway production, her character's name was Pansy Sparks. When Charlotte Greenwood took over the role in the film, the character became Pansy Potts. See more »

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Featured in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz: 50 Years of Magic (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by Bert Lahr with slightly modified lyrics
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Bert Lahr...not very funny.
6 July 2010 | by (Wellesley, MA) – See all my reviews

As a huge fan of pre-codes, I was disappointed with FLYING HIGH. Bert Lahr's performance was way over the top. Yes, as other reviewers have noted, Bert's 'act' pretty much foreshadows his role of a lifetime as the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ. But still, I did not find him funny at all. He was rather annoying actually.

Pat O'Brien is great in the straight man role and Charlotte Greenwood is her usual awkward self. Even these decent performances can't save this one.

As far as controversial pre-code scenes, I found the 'It'll Be the First Time for Me' duet to be one of the most suggestive pieces of film around.

One last thing. Is it just me, or does Bert Lahr's schtick seem patterned after Curly Howard of the Three Stooges? It feels at times like Bert is doing a spot on impersonation of Curly. I used to think that Bert as the Cowardly Lion flat out stole Curly's routine. But given that FLYING HIGH was released before Curly, Moe, et al. made it big, now I wonder who copied who.


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