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Flying High (1931)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Musical, Romance  |  14 November 1931 (USA)
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An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

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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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An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

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14 November 1931 (USA)  »

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George White's Flying High  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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The original musical comedy opened on Broadway, New York City, New York, USA on 3 March 1930 and closed 3 January 1931 after 355 performances. The opening night cast included Bert Lahr, who originated his movie role in the play, and Kate Smith. George White, who produced the play, received credit in the film by virtue of his contract with MGM. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Brown: Your physical condition is your apprenticeship. My order as physician is to strip.
Chorus Girl: Hooray! We gotta strip!
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I'll Make a Happy Landing (the Lucky Day I Land You)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Played during the opening credit and at the end
Sung by Kathryn Crawford and chorus and danced by the chorus in a production number
Played also as background music
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3 June 2003 | by (Minffordd, North Wales) – See all my reviews



Bert Lahr starred in several musical revues on Broadway, but one of his rare successes in a 'book' musical (with a plotline) was 'Flying High', a topical comedy which scored points off the aviation contests and wing-walking stunts that were so popular in America at this time.

The plot is some froth about rival aviators competing for a transcontinental air race; the winner to receive a large cash prize, fame, and so forth. Gordon is the wealthy playboy pilot who wants to sink his skyhooks into sweet little Eileen Cassidy.

Bert Lahr, in fine form and looking surprisingly athletic, plays Rusty Krause, the airfield mechanic who is (somewhat unwillingly) engaged to Pansy (Charlotte Greenwood), who seems to be some sort of airport groupie. Rusty, who has no piloting experience, accidentally goes aloft in an experimental 'aero-copter'. Not willing to let her man fly away that easily, Pansy jumps on the tail of the 'copter just before it leaves the ground. Once they're up in the air, something goes wrong with the 'copter. While Rusty moans in terror, Pansy climbs out on the fuselage and fixes the rudder.

Charlotte Greenwood is one of my favourite actresses: funny, intelligent, and extremely athletic despite her tall gawky physique. She often played super-competent women strangely attracted to weakling men. She's an utter delight here, doing her airborne acrobatics (despite some bad process photography). When 'Flying High' ran on Broadway, Lahr's leading lady was Kate Smith ... yes, the moon-mountainous singer. I can't imagine how the stage production managed the climactic scene in the aero-copter, high above solid ground ... and I also can't imagine the very plus-sized Kate Smith as Pansy, enacting a stagebound version of Charlotte Greenwood's acrobatics in this movie. That's not a cheap crack about Kate Smith's girth; I'm forced to assume that her characterisation was very different from Greenwood's.

The funniest scene in this film is Lahr's medical examination, in which Doc Brown straps him into a revolving drum and sends it spinning rapidly while Lahr howls in agony. But the best gag of all comes in the same scene, while Lahr's feet are on the ground. (I'll set up the joke by mentioning that this movie was made during Prohibition, when every red-blooded American male carried a hip flask full of booze.) The doctor hands Lahr an empty bottle and tells Lahr to give him a 'specimen'. Lahr doesn't know what this means. Just as the doctor is about to explain, his phone rings. While on the phone, Doc Brown pantomimes to Lahr that he must fill up the bottle. As the doctor looks away, Lahr whips out his hip flask and fills the bottle with amber fluid. (I assume it's amber; this is a monochrome movie.) Doc Brown rings off the phone, just in time for Lahr to hand him a full bottle and announce: 'Here y'go, Doc. I could only spare a quart.' The sophisticated audiences on Broadway gave this line the biggest laugh of Lahr's career. It's a pity that Lahr is remembered only as the Cowardly Lion, and his brilliant comedy portrayals are forgotten. I'll rate 'Flying High' 8 out of 10.


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