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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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Your troubles will take off...Your laughs will be out of control...as you take a fun-flight with your favorite comics! (original print ad) See more »

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Comedy | Music | War

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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 boys finished 1941 in third place on the list of Top 10 Box Office Stars - the first comedy team to ever appear on the list. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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Blackie Benson: No, you don't want to drink. Remember, every time you go into a barroom, the Devil goes in with you.
Heathcliff: If he does, he buys his own drink.
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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

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I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
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Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Carol Bruce (uncredited) at the Manila Club
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Weakest of their 1941 efforts
12 January 2001 | by (US) – See all my reviews

Their fourth starring vehicle of 1941, "Keep 'Em Flying" shows the wear and tear of the duo's busy year. The films production values are more skimpy; evidently by filming on location at Cal-Aero in Ontario, California, the producers felt they could cut costs. This doesn't help A&C's flying sequences with their poor rear projection or the rescue sequence at the end, with all-too-obvious miniatures. The real flying stunt sequences sandwiched around them, however, are done well.

What saves the film are A&C's performances and the interplay between Costello and Martha Raye, who plays twins in the film. There are some truly funny moments, but not enough to elevate the film among their best. 6 out of 10.


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