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Air-Tight (1931)

Passed | | Comedy, Short | 9 May 1931 (USA)
The gang builds a glider.


George Stevens


H.M. Walker (dialogue)


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Complete credited cast:
David Sharpe ... Dave
Gertrude Messinger ... Gertie
Mary Kornman ... Mary
Mickey Daniels ... Mickey
Betty Bolen Betty Bolen ... Betty
Grady Sutton ... Alabam


The college aerial club is at the airfield to inaugurate a new glider. Alabam gets a lot of teasing for being a "land lizard," never wanting to fly. Mary takes him aside to boost his spirits and offers to take his photo if he'll sit on a glider parked nearby. Dave is ready to take the club's glider up, but Mickey hooks the wrong rope to his car and pulls Alabam into the air. He hasn't a clue what to do; below, Mickey and Dave try to shout instructions while the glider's owner gives chase. What goes up . . . Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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glider | club | teasing | chase | airfield | See All (35) »


Comedy | Short








Release Date:

9 May 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boy Friends: Air-Tight See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hal Roach Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System) (A Victor Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


David Sharpe gets top billed in this one, and has several opportunities to show off his stunt expertise. See more »


Follows Blood and Thunder (1931) See more »

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Fun slapstick in the sound era
7 February 2007 | by cfeatherSee all my reviews

This film is gets off to a predictable start, a runaway glider, but then pulls out all the stops with lots of great slapstick gags.

No, it's not a deadly serious work of art or comedic genius. But it has a lot of twists and turns to make it fun.

Just when you think you know what the next gag will be, they throw something entirely different in.

There's really not a wasted frame in this fine little comedy from a series that produced only a handful of films. This ranks as one of their best.

If you enjoy slapstick, you'll love this one. New prints of it are available at filmclassic.com for $185; too bad such a high price of admission is charged for this little gem, but it does show up on TCM from time to time.

It would be great if Hallmark would release all the Boy Friends shorts on DVD.

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