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It's in the Air (1935)

Approved | | Comedy, Sport | 11 October 1935 (USA)
Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, "Clip" McGurk, are being pursued by an Internal Revenue agent, Henry Potke, for their failure to file an income-tax on the ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
'Clip' McGurk
Henry Potke
Grace Gridley
W. R. Gridley
Harvey Stephens ...
Sidney Kendall
Alfred Drake
Jones, Photographer
Mr. Johnson
Purnell Pratt ...
Horace McNab (as Purnell B. Pratt)
Mr. Winterby
Mr. Ruby (as Howard Hickman)
Larry Wheat ...
Richard Kipling ...
Mr. Platt (as Dick Kipling)


Calvin Churchill, a confidence-man, and his sidekick/stooge, "Clip" McGurk, are being pursued by an Internal Revenue agent, Henry Potke, for their failure to file an income-tax on the advice of a shyster lawyer. They are hiding out at the Desert Springs Hotel-Resort, where Calvin is working a scam by posing as a stratosphere-flyer who is looking at making Desert Springs the base of his operations. A rich airplane manufacturer sees a chance to get rid of a stratosphere balloon that he built for an unsuccessful expedition at a great loss. Calvin intends to take the money and run but his estranged wife, Alice, now a tennis instructor at the resort promises to come back to him if he will reform. Alas, reformation does not come easy for Calvin, especially when "Clip" is around, and Henry is closing in. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

11 October 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der größte Gauner des Jahrhunderts  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was initially telecast in Philadelphia Tuesday 31 December 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Los Angeles 17 April 1958 on KTTV (Channel 11). See more »

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Not so hot air

This is one of the lee than stratospheric flicks that sent Jack Benny screaming back to Radio. He seems rather bored to be playing an almost straight man to Ted Healy (who as usual seems lost without 3 stooges...and who tries to make up for it by being VERY loud and Very monotonous). There is a spooky line about Benny adding 10 years to Ted's character's life...ironic given his tragic end around five years later. Benny seems a bit happier to be playing a more or less standard romance with Una Merkel...who is given nothing to do but look pretty and whine at Benny to go straight...advice which he seems to have taken FAR too much to heart. Reliable buffoon Nat Pendleton scores a few smiles...and there is a very strange and oddly nasty cameo by what appears to be a real bald eagle which ends up being treated very roughly.

A more pleasant bit is played by future leading man Dennis O'Keefe who can be spotted nonchalantly dancing by the stars...and actually has a line later on as a radio announcer.

Watchable as a curio...and it may be an eye opener for some to see how primitive effect shots were in 1935...and check out the trailer which promises an "all star" laugh riot...it is nice to know that some things like high flying hype never change.

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