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High Flyers (1937)

 -  Comedy  -  26 November 1937 (USA)
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Two men running a carnival airplane ride are hired to fly to retrieve what they think are photos for a reporter. Actually, they are retrieving diamonds stolen from a noted gem dealer. As it... See full summary »

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Pierre Potkin
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Juanita - the Maid
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Arlene Arlington
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Martha Arlington
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Dave Hanlon
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Horace Arlington
Charles Judels ...
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Lucien Prival ...
Mr. Panzer
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Two men running a carnival airplane ride are hired to fly to retrieve what they think are photos for a reporter. Actually, they are retrieving diamonds stolen from a noted gem dealer. As it turns out, their plane crashes on the very estate of the dealer. Thinking the duo are police officers, the dealer offers his home for their convalescence from the accident. Meanwhile, the diamonds have been snatched by a kleptomaniac dog and buried on the estate. When the smugglers track down the pair, they try to convince the dealer that they are officials from an institution from which the two have escaped. Before long, the carnival fellows, the crooks, the gem dealer and his family, along with a platoon of cops, are tearing up the grounds to find where the dog has buried the diamonds. Written by D.K. Sullivan

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Wheeler's impersonation of Charlie Chaplin in this movie was also a big part of his stage act before he teamed up with Woolsey. Chaplin greatly appreciated and admired Wheeler's take-off on him. See more »

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Keep Your Head Above Water
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Herman Ruby
Sung by a chorus during the opening scenes
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Perfectly dreadful and a sad way to wrap up their career as a team
15 November 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is the last Wheeler and Woolsey film, as Robert Woolsey died of kidney disease soon after this film was completed. And in light of this, this is a very sad way to end the team's career. While I will agree that Wheeler and Woolsey were not a particularly funny team compared to the Marx Brothers or Laurel and Hardy, they were capable of making better films than this. Perhaps Woolsey's illness helped to make this film to dreadfully unfunny, but regardless of why, this is a film so bad that only the Ritz Brothers might have been able to make so unfunny a film in this era (they were like a "poor man's Wheeler and Woolsey").

The bottom line is that the film never really made me smile or laugh. So many of the snappy lines from Woolsey never seemed to have punchlines or points--it was just "blathering". A very tiresome and unfunny film with so little energy it just isn't worth seeing unless you are a die-hard fan.


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