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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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
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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