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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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(as Charles F. Reisner)

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(book) (as George G. De Sylva) , (book), 5 more credits »
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Charlotte Greenwood ...
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Sport
Kathryn Crawford ...
Eileen
Charles Winninger ...
Doctor Brown
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Mrs. Smith
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Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti ...
Gordon
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ...
(as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)
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Storyline

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

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Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

George White's Flying High  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Some sources list "Happy Landing" of the original play as the song used in the first production number, but it was the new song "I'll Make a Happy Landing" which was used. None of the original songs in the Broadway play was used in the film. See more »

Quotes

Pansy: I'm going up to a lumber camp and marry a chef.
Sport: What? You're going to a lumber camp? And get yourself all full of splinters?
Pansy: Well if I do I can always get myself a woodpecker.
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Edited into Plane Nuts (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

It'll Be the First Time for Me
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Sung by Charlotte Greenwood and Bert Lahr
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Bert Crashes -- Charlotte Soars
21 November 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A slightly unscrupulous promoter hopes to be FLYING HIGH after selling stock in a half-crazed inventor's aerocopter.

The rather bizarre humor of comic Bert Lahr is showcased in this fast-moving little comedy. Rather an acquired taste, Lahr's antics will either delight or depress the viewer, who should not be expecting to see an early version of the Cowardly Lion. Lahr's style of humor might be best described as moronic and those who enjoy laughing at the feebleminded should find him quite amusing.

What helps to ameliorate Lahr's antics is his teaming for much of the film with the great Charlotte Greenwood, who excelled in deadpan physical comedy. With her long legs and horsy features, Greenwood makes her man-crazy character into a real source of fun. Whether it's chasing Lahr around an airport, enduring a riotous Wedding Morning, or flailing about in his contraption thousands of feet in the air, Miss Greenwood never fails to pack in the laughs.

Pat O'Brien seems rather uncomfortable as Lahr's straight man and his romantic scenes with spunky Kathryn Crawford are somewhat less than enthralling. Charles Winninger catches the viewer's attention as a naughty, pre-Code doctor interested in examining a bevy of young aviatrixes. Cherubic Guy Kibbee & stately Hedda Hopper do credit to their short screen time as Miss Crawford's parents.

Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Clarence Wilson as Greenwood's bad-tempered lunch counter boss.

Busby Berkeley has provided some fairly decent dance sequences whose sole motivation seems to be to reveal as much feminine flesh as possible, but the overhead kaleidoscopic shots are pleasant harbingers of the classic work he would perform a few years later at Warner's.

Lahr's aerocopter, which may or may not be technically feasible, is based on the gyrocopter or Autogiro, both of which actually did fly but have now been almost completely superseded by the helicopter.


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