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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

Passed  -  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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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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GET SET FOR A HAPPY LANDING! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Music | War

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28 November 1941 (USA)  »

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Up in the Air  »

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Trivia

For the torpedo chase, Lou Costello did his shots in front a a rear projection screen. For the long shots it's Pat Costello, Lou's brother, doubling him. See more »

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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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Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Pig Foot Pete
(1941)
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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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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