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Flying High (1931)

An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.


Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Reisner)


Buddy G. DeSylva (book) (as George G. De Sylva), Lew Brown (book) | 5 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Bert Lahr ... Rusty Krause
Charlotte Greenwood ... Pansy Botts
Pat O'Brien ... Sport Wardell
Kathryn Crawford ... Eileen Smith
Charles Winninger ... Doctor Brown
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Smith
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti Herbert Braggiotti ... Gordon
Gus Arnheim Gus Arnheim ... Gus Arnheim - the Orchestra Leader
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ... Gus ArnHeim's Orchestra (as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)


An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

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BERT LAHR The Funniest, Most Imitated Man on Stage or Screen Charlotte Greenwood The Longest Laugh in Pictures. PAT O'BRIEN Star of "Front Page" (Print Ad- Meriden Daily Journal, ((Meriden, Conn. )) 5 January 1932) See more »


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There was considerable pressure from the Hays Office to remove the examination scene from the movie, but MGM held firm, claiming they paid $100,000 for the rights to the play just for that particular scene. Eventually some aspects of that scene was removed when some exhibitors rejected the film. The TCM print contains the scene, but it may be the abbreviated version. See more »


Tom Kennedy is menacing Bert Lahr because he threw an oil-soaked hat in his face. Pat O'Brien intervenes and punches oil-smudged Tom Kennedy in the stomach. Pat's cheeks are clean. Cut to Tom doubling over. Cut back to Pat with an oil smudge on his right cheek, even though Tom never touched him. Bert enters the shot offering Pat a hammer. Pat says "That's all right." Cut to long shot of Tom retreating and Pat wiping his face. No smudge in next close-up. So it appears there was more to the fight, but it was edited out. See more »


Doctor Brown: Your physical condition is your apprenticeship. My order as physician is to strip.
Chorus Girl: Hooray! We gotta strip!
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Referenced in Red-Headed Woman (1932) See more »


Anchors Aweigh
(1906) (uncredited)
Written by Charles A. Zimmerman
Lyrics by Alfred Hart Miles and R. Lovell
Played during the "I'll Make a Happy Landing" number with the dancers forming the letters "BYRD"
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Pansy is the one!
25 September 2003 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

This seems like an opened-out play. The opening out is fine. There are some highly entertaining Busby Berkeley dance routines and Pat O'Brien is always fun.

Bert Lahr is an acquired taste never acquired by me. But Charlotte Greenwood is utterly delightful in this, as the spinster who sets her sights on him as her last best chance for marriage.

Her physical, somewhat self-mocking comedy is a precuser to that of Joan Davis a decade of so later. Both are treasures.

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Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George White's Flying High See more »


Box Office


$634,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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