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Release Date:
14 November 1931 (USA) See more »
An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bert Lahr ... Rusty
Charlotte Greenwood ... Pansy

Pat O'Brien ... Sport
Kathryn Crawford ... Eileen
Charles Winninger ... Doctor Brown

Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Smith
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti ... Gordon
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra (as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus Arnheim ... Himself - the Orchestra Leader
Loretta Andrews ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Richard Carle ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Nick Copeland ... Aviator with the Jokester (uncredited)
Mildred Dixon ... Miss Dixon / Dancer (uncredited)
James Durkin ... Mr. Rankin - Detective (uncredited)
Ruth Eddings ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Bud Geary ... Dance Floor Extra (uncredited)
Mary Halsey ... Chorus Girl (uncredited)
Tom Kennedy ... Jokester with Firecrackers (uncredited)
Donald Novis ... Young Man (uncredited)
Dave O'Brien ... Dancer (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Reporter from the News (uncredited)
Herbert Prior ... Angry Investor with Eyeglasses (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Aviator (uncredited)
Clarence Wilson ... Lunch Counter Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Charles Reisner  (as Charles F. Reisner)
Writing credits
Buddy G. DeSylva (book and lyrics by) (as George G. De Sylva) &
Lew Brown (book and lyrics by) &
Ray Henderson (book and lyrics by) and
John McGowan (book and lyrics by) (as John Mc Gowan)

Charles Reisner (adaptation) (as Charles F. Riesner)

A.P. Younger (screen play and dialogue)

Robert E. Hopkins (additional dialogue)

Produced by
George White .... producer
Cinematography by
Merritt B. Gerstad (photography)
Film Editing by
William S. Gray (film editor)
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Costume Design by
Adrian (gowns)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sandy Roth .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
Ralph Shugart .... sound (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clarence Sinclair Bull .... still photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Dorothy Fields .... composer: additional songs and music
Jimmy McHugh .... composer: additional songs and music
William Axt .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Busby Berkeley .... dances created by
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
80 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

Did You Know?

There was considerable pressure from the Hays Office to remove the examination scene from the movie, but MGM held firm, claiming they paid $100,000 for the rights to the play just for that particular scene. Eventually some aspects of that scene was removed when some exhibitors rejected the film. The TCM print contains the scene, but it may be the abbreviated version.See more »
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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Referenced in Red-Headed Woman (1932)See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Bert Lahr is a true theater original, 6 September 2010
Author: armoscot from New Jersey

I have not seen FLYING HIGH yet, so no opinion there, but wanted to respond to Lonesome Prospector's ridiculous and ignorant speculation that Bert Lahr could be copying Curly Howard. Just because you saw Curly first doesn't mean he came first.

Bert Lahr began his performing career in 1910. He worked in vaudeville for 17 years, before making his Broadway debut in 1927. According to his biographer (and son) John Lahr, Bert Lahr had established his "gnong gnong" sound before 1920, as he is working it into his cop-and-dancer vaudeville act with his then-wife in the late teens and early 20's.

Curly Howard had not thought about being a performer until 1932, when brother Samuel (Shemp) left Ted Healy's Stooges, and brother Moe asked little brother Jerry (Curly) to join. At this time, Bert Lahr had already made his feature film debut, and was midway through a career as a Broadway headliner. The Stooges were scrambling through various short subject departments until they wound up at Columbia in 1934. A careful observation of their development shows that Curly had not really set his "schtick" until 1934 or 1935.

You might not think he was a big deal because he made few successful movies, but dollar for dollar Bert Lahr was a much, much bigger star than Curly Howard. Moreover, at the conclusion of his career he performed in the American premiere of WAITING FOR GODOT, did Shakespeare. Aristophanes and Feydeau. Not to say that Curly Howard couldn't have done such things, but he was long dead of a stroke, perhaps precipitated by the years of beatings he'd received from his fellow stooges.

FLYING HIGH might not be much cinematically, but it is priceless artifact of theater history, preserving Lahr as he appeared on stage in his early peak years.

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