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Even though most of the audience felt Carole Lombard should have got her "buddy" in "Safety in Numbers"(1930) - it was easy to see why Kathryn Crawford won through in the end. In those singie mad days she was the only girl in the cast (apart from Louise Beavers) who could put over a song. But she had a tough chorus girl look about her so after a few westerns, by the time she made "Skyway" a strictly "B" movie with "funny man" Ray Walker as the star, her movie career was just about over.
Playing pretty much his stock in trade, Walker is Robert Norris, a cocky, brash, pretty obnoxious pilot who is hauled into court for making a monkey out of a policeman. He also makes his presence felt on flighty rich girl Lila (Crawford) - "keep your legs covered, you ain't on the witness stand now"!! They meet again when she decides to take a joy ride and he is even less charming than previously - he pulls out all stops to take the joy out and put the terror in!! Any normal girl would run a mile but as this movie is just over an hour they soon fall in love.
He is soon working at her father's bank having been sacked from the flying school because of hot headedness but even in this orderly environment he is transferred from department to department because of flying fists!! Meanwhile he lands in Baker's accounts department but Baker (Jed Prouty) has a few secrets - he has been embezzling from the bank for years and sees Robert as an easy target. When Robert's old boss (Gabby Haynes) comes to the bank for an investment loan and is knocked back, Robert leaves and gets behind the idea - of flying planes out to pick up the mail on anchored off shore ships. Suddenly auditors are called in and Baker prepares to flee to South America while Norris is left holding the bag.
Once you get over Walker's irritating personality the movie is entertaining enough with plenty of airplane acrobatics which may have looked pretty impressive to 1933 cinema patrons.
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