Melvin Byrd, who dreams of being a scientist, is a Cape Kennedy "miniscule molecular particle surveillance monitor" - in short, a janitor. His job is to keep a major rocket project ... See full summary »

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Melvin Byrd
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Lt. Porter
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Prof. Wald
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Gen. Smithburn
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Congresswoman Clanger
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Claudine Wald
Louis Quinn ...
Sgt. Skam
Frank Nastasi ...
Yellow Cab driver
Burt Taylor ...
Devlin
Courtney Brown ...
Arno
Russell Saunders ...
Clurg
Julian Voloshin ...
Prof. Nep
Bob Bersell ...
Doorman
Warren Day ...
Curtis
Jay Laskay ...
Willie
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Melvin Byrd, who dreams of being a scientist, is a Cape Kennedy "miniscule molecular particle surveillance monitor" - in short, a janitor. His job is to keep a major rocket project completely dust-free, and this he does with his own hilariously fantastic inventions - including a literal attack on dirt by a "knight on a white horse". In his work, he meets Judy, a chimp involved in a top-secret project, which leads Melvin into the one room strictly off-limits to him. Not until he has entered the project room does Melvin learn that any man entering it will be negatively ionized - making him fly like a bird. Written by alfiehitchie

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Soupy Sales is Flying High...and the race for space - is up in the air!

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Comedy | Family

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August 1966 (USA)  »

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Mr. Bird geht in die Luft  »

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The cab driver is played by Frank Nastasi who was the puppeteer that did White Fang, Black Tooth and Pookie on The Soupy Sales Show (1976). See more »

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During the end sequence, at multiple times, you can see the wires and harness. See more »

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Prof. Wald: [to Melvin who has floated to the ceiling] Melvin, you certainly got high in this party.
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Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

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Birds Do It
Written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller
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Lame awful childish unfunny comedy
2 March 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What a waste of a very good legendary comedian! The writing in this movie is so poor and weak that it is insipid instead of amusing. Soupy spends about a third of the movie flying around in the sky, actually more like floating up like a balloon and then having no control of how to go where he'd like to go. This gets very boring very quickly and he just alternately keeps trying to look either frightened when heading for danger or else he looks happy in spite of his inability to control where he's going. There are a group of bad guys who keep trying to kill him for some reason which is never really explained. Soupy is only supposed to be a mere janitor anyway, so why the fuss? Tab Hunter plays dual roles as both an army soldier and also one of the bad guys, who just happens to look exactly like somebody else on the NASA space ship base. What are the chances of that? Anyway, Tab does his best but nothing can save this turkey of a movie. I found a copy of this movie on eBay, but it isn't available otherwise. Probably the other copies of it were tossed into the garbage. I was really trying to enjoy this movie and hoping that it would get better, but it never did.


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