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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melvin Byrd
Lt. Porter
Prof. Wald
Gen. Smithburn
Congresswoman Clanger
Claudine Wald
Louis Quinn ...
Sgt. Skam
Frank Nastasi ...
Yellow Cab driver
Burt Taylor ...
Courtney Brown ...
Russell Saunders ...
Julian Voloshin ...
Prof. Nep
Bob Bersell ...
Warren Day ...
Jay Laskay ...


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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August 1966 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Mr. Bird geht in die Luft  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Melvin flies to the top of the hotel and switches "Diplomat" to "Mad Plot", the neon letters don't match the shot of the actual location hotel name. See more »


Prof. Wald: [to Melvin who has floated to the ceiling] Melvin, you certainly got high in this party.
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THE worst film I've ever seen!!!
27 June 2003 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Without a doubt the worst movie and biggest waste of time ever. Not even remotely funny, even in the campiest, most anti-comedic sense of the word. The gags and jokes are so poorly crafted that the simplest acting routines and attempts at humorous dialogue are as forced as the laughter on the Pat Robertson Show.

One thing that birds definitely wouldn't do is sit still for this nauseatingly boring crap. In fact, I met Soupy Sales(in fairness, quite a masterful comic and talented showman in his day) a few years ago and shared these very thoughts. He laughed heartily and said that he understood that several states were thinking of using the movie as a particularly excruciating form of capital punishment. After repeated forced viewings, drawing and quartering would start to sound good.

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