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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

 -  Comedy | Music | War  -  28 November 1941 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Martha Raye ...
Gloria Phelps / Barbara Phelps
Linda Joyce
William Gargan ...
Craig Morrison
Dick Foran ...
Jinx Roberts
Charles Lang ...
Jim 'Jimmy' Joyce
William B. Davidson ...
Gonigle - Carnival Owner) (as William Davidson)
Truman Bradley ...
Butch - Academy Officer
Loring Smith ...
Maj. Barstow
William Forrest ...
Freddie Slack ...
Sideshow Pianist
The Six Hits ...
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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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AMERICA'S FAVORITE COMICS with a bombload of belly-laughs! See more »


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28 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Up in the Air  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The original trailer was actually a one-reel recruitment short, running about nine minutes, for the Army Air Corps which included clips from this film. See more »


When Benson and Heathcliff's plane lands, it is without landing gear in an area where no planes are near. When Heathcliff gets out of the plane, it is upright, indicating that landing gear is present, and other planes surround theirs. See more »


Heathcliff: I gotta go home, I forgot something!
Blackie Benson: What'd you forget?
Heathcliff: I forgot to stay there!
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Featured in Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994) See more »


Played by a buglar to awaken the cadets
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Chocks and chortles away!
15 August 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Out of Universal Pictures comes Keep 'Em Flying starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello with support from Martha Raye, Dick Foran and Carol Bruce. It's directed by Arthur Lubin with music by Charles Previn and was filmed on location at the Cal-Aero school in Ontario, California. Plot sees the bumbling duo and their stunt pilot pal Jinx Roberts (Foran) join the Army Air Force after getting fired from their positions at a carnival & air show. High jinx and love interests will of course follow.

The fifth film outing for Abbott and Costello, and their third featuring the armed forces after Buck Privates & In The Navy, Keep 'Em Flying is one of their better feature length productions. Tho somewhat surprisingly rather thick on plot, the piece is all the better for some narrative substance in that it lets us savour the slaphappy antics of the intrepid duo when their routines come alive. Action sequences to savour here include a runaway torpedo, a spooky carnival fun house and a short sharp shock treatment of Lou falling over his ankle grabbing pants. While there's quality in a dialogue driven skit that the boys perform in a Café-where we are introduced to the bright and bubbly Raye; playing twin sisters who each end up dating the boys. There's also some nice tunes penned by Don Raye & Gene de Paul, with the stand out being "Pig Foot Pete" that was famously nominated for an Academy Award but for the wrong movie (Hellzapoppin').

Funny, daft and even romantic, Keep 'Em Flying soars high enough to entertain the masses. 8/10

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