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Riding on Air (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 18 June 1937 (USA)
Smugglers are using a device for controlling airplanes in flight, and newspaper reporters from Chicago are vying for the story. Reporter Elmer Lane is out to scoop rival reporter Betty Harrison, and capture her heart in the process.



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Cast overview:
J. Rutherford 'Doc' Waddington
Betty Harrison
Vinton Hayworth ...
Harvey Schumann (as Vinton Haworth)
Bill Hilton
Mr. Harrison
Andrew Tombes ...
Eddie Byrd


When he wins $5000 in an essay contest for a breakfast cereal, small town reporter and amateur aviator Elmer Lane becomes a target for con man Doc Waddington. After the naive newsman involves gullible local businessmen in the scheme, and they discover they've been flim-flammed, his credibility with his friends and fiancée is shattered. In order to restore his reputation, the novice pilot needs to solve a murder and expose a bootlegging smuggling ring. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The world's dizziest aviator opens his throttle just to ventilate his tonsils as he hops from cloud to cloud for love and glory! See more »


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18 June 1937 (USA)  »

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All Is Confusion  »

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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Eddie Byrd: [Furious] Get out of here befor you're carried out.
Elmer Lane: Gee, Mr. Byrd, you look mad enough to kill.
Eddie Byrd: Listen, don't put ideas in my head, will you?
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I'm Tired of Trying to Make You Care
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Written by Henry Cohen and Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)
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A Fair Flight for Joe E. Brown
30 April 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Claremont, Wisconsin newspaperman and aviator Joe E. Brown (as Elmer Lane) wins the $5,000 first prize in a radio contest and is subsequently taken advantage of by sneaky Guy Kibbee (as J. Rutherford "Doc" Waddington). Then, the "Radio Beam Airplane Co." they form with the funds attracts a criminal element. Pretty girlfriend Florence Rice (as Betty Harrison) worries Mr. Brown may be in over his head. Taking his bath in this one, the popular comedian would have benefited from a wiser budget and some fresher material.

**** Riding on Air (6/18/37) Edward Sedgwick ~ Joe E. Brown, Guy Kibbee, Florence Rice, Vinton Hayworth

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