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High Flyers (1937)

Approved | | Comedy | 26 November 1937 (USA)
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
Paul Harvey ...
Horace Arlington
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Mr. Fontaine
Lucien Prival ...
Mr. Panzer
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Mr. Hartley
Herbert Clifton ...
Stone - the Butler
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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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26 November 1937 (USA)  »

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Cortando as Vazas  »

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1.37 : 1
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Robert Woolsey was terminally ill and suffering from kidney disease during filming, as he had during the previous film, On Again-Off Again (1937). He struggled to complete High Flyers and died less than a year after its release. See more »

Soundtracks

I'm a Gaucho
(1937) (uncredited)
Music by Dave Dreyer
Lyrics by Herman Ruby
Sung and Danced by Lupe Velez and Robert Woolsey
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mainly disappointing
6 August 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'High Flyers' marked the end of the partnership between Bert Wheeler and Robert Woolsey, which had begun eight years earlier with 'Rio Rita'.

Although their films had been hit and miss for a while, this one really is pretty awful. It's only just over an hour long, but your attention still wanders. Robert Woolsey is clearly not well (and indeed this was his last appearance before his early death), and although he has a musical number with peppy Lupe Velez, it doesn't have much go in it.

Slightly better is Wheeler's Chaplin impersonation which comes from his music hall days. 'High Flyers' is sort of worth watching for this, but you won't remember much about the rest of the film, and it is far worse in quality than most of their other work.

A sad way to end their association, really. Wheeler made a few more films, including 'Las Vegas Nights' and 'The Cowboy Quarterback', but never again regained the success he had with Woolsey in the early days of RKO.


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