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Flying High (1931)

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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Doctor Brown
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Gordon
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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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This film's initial telecast in New York City came about Monday 2 September 1957 on the Late, Late Show on WCBS (Channel 2). In Philadelphia it aired 24 September 1958 on WFIL (Channel 6), and it finally reached San Francisco 26 July 1963 on KGO (Channel 7). There is no reliable documentation of it ever been offered in Los Angeles at this time, possibly because of pre-code material that would have been considered inappropriate in the mid-1950s, although it would undoubtedly have been in the KTTV MGM library. See more »

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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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Soundtracks

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played during the "I'll Make a Happy Landing" number with the dancers forming the letters "HAWKS"
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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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