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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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