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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, War | 28 November 1941 (USA)
When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

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When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

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Comedy | Music | War

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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This was originally planned for production after Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942). The huge success of Bud Abbott and Lou Costello's previous service comedies, Buck Privates (1941) and In the Navy (1941), caused Universal to produce this first. The War Department also announced a recruitment campaign called "Keep 'Em Flying Week" which Universal could use as a patriotic tie-in. See more »

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After Bud and Lou are riding that runaway torpedo and are thrown off and the torpedo explodes demolishing a barn, Bud refers to Lou as Herbie. Lou's name is Heathcliff in this film, he was Herbie Brown in Buck Privates. See more »

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Blackie Benson: Heathcliff! Where are you taking that torpedo?
Heathcliff: I'm not taking it, it's takin' *me*!
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Pig Foot Pete
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Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by Martha Raye (uncredited) and The Six Hits (uncredited) in the USO Hall
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Solid A&C Film!
13 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A fun, likable film with a good supporting cast. I have the first volume of the Abbott & Costello collection and I would rank this movie up there with Hold That Ghost as the highlights of the collection.

For Keep 'Em Flying, Bud and Lou are friends of Jinx Roberts, a 1940s version of Tom Cruise's Maverick (Top Gun). He does his flying his own way! Good chemistry between the three. Dick Foran plays Jinx. I remembered him from two Universal Studios Mummy films.

Then there is great supporting characters played Martha Raye, Carol Bruce, and William Gargan. Raye is especially funny playing twins that befuddle our heroes.

I was surprised to find out that Carol Bruce was in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (she plays Joy). I'll have to look for her in it.

A pretty decent storyline, maybe a few too many songs, and a hilarious scene involving a runaway torpedo on land. Check it out!


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