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George Takes the Air (1938)
"It's in the Air" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Musical | War  -  9 December 1940 (USA)
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Complete credited cast:
George Formby ...
George Brown
Polly Ward ...
Peggy
Jack Hobbs ...
Cpl. Craig
Garry Marsh ...
Commanding officer Hill
Julien Mitchell ...
Sergeant major
Ilena Sylva ...
Anne Brown
Frank Leighton ...
Pvt. Bob Bullock
C. Denier Warren ...
Sir Philip
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Hal Gordon ...
Nobby Clark, mechanic
Joe Cunningham ...
Flight Sergeant
Jack Melford ...
Lt. Terry, pilot
Eliot Makeham ...
Sir Philip's Gardener
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The scenes of the air-raid exercise at the opening of the film are taken from Things to Come (1936). See more »

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They Can't Fool Me
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
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It's in the dim and distant past
8 December 2006 | by (Derby, UK) – See all my reviews

This was a nice George Formby vehicle, or vehicles - first the passion of his life, a motorbike then an aeroplane. It was also a flag-waver-in-advance with no mention of the War to come 7 months after release or the Nazis.

George wants to join the Air Force but is refused because he can't tell left from right - after a series of accidents and practical jokes played on him he's in, and in love. The songs were They Can't Fool Me (over the radio and with a tremendous solo on the uke), Our Sergeant Major (2 versions Worst and Best) and the hepped-up and therefore more dated It's In The Air (with Polly Ward in the rather crowded canteen). Jack Hobbs played the enigmatic practical joking corporal with a mental age of 5, not really what was needed in the RAF I should have thought! Garry Marsh had a great part as the CO, but a lot of the familiar gang were in sterling attendance too. George was also described in here as having a face like a horse with a row of teeth like a graveyard ... now you know what it took to be a superstar!

It reflects back to us now a sadly dead world in all senses of the word. With a satisfying but implausible flying climax it remains one of Formby's better films.


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