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Walking on Air (1936)

Approved | | Comedy, Musical | 11 September 1936 (USA)
A stubborn young woman hires a struggling singer to play her obnoxious suitor in a scheme to overturn her father's objections to the man she really wants to marry.


Joseph Santley


Francis M. Cockrell (story "Count Pete"), Rian James | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Gene Raymond ... Pete Quinlan, aka Count Pierre Louis de Marsac
Ann Sothern ... Kit Bennett
Jessie Ralph ... Evelyn Bennett
Henry Stephenson ... Mr. Horace Bennett
George Meeker ... Tom Quinlan
Gordon Jones ... Joe
Maxine Jennings ... Flo Quinlan
Alan Curtis ... Fred Randolph
Anita Colby ... Ex-Mrs. Fred Randolph
Patricia Wilder ... KARB Receptionist
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Ann Sothern wishes to marry a man her rich father disapproves of, so she concocts a scheme to get him on her side. She hires Raymond to act like an obnoxious French count, then pretends to take an interest in him in front of her father, hoping he will agree her first choice is better than the brash, selfish, insulting count. Written by dictracy23

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HILARIOUSLY, DELICIOUSLY, MAD! (Print Ad- Pittsburgh Press, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 1 October 1936) See more »


Comedy | Musical



Did You Know?


Kit's car that she threatens to run over Pete with is a 1935 Auburn 851 supercharged phaeton. These cars are so rare and collectible that they have sold for over $1M at auction as of 2019. See more »


Kit Bennett: Ya know, you might just do, at that.
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Let's Make a Wish
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Sid Silvers
Sung by Gene Raymond and Ann Sothern at the beach club
Reprised by a campfire group on the beach
Reprised by Gene Raymond at the radio station
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Pleasant comedy of mixed up motives and identities
14 November 2013 | by csteidlerSee all my reviews

It's spring… and kindly but stern old gentleman Henry Stephenson has his daughter upstairs locked in her room. He sends up the butler with a tray of food; she throws it out the window.

Ann Sothern is the spirited young woman engaged to a cad her father refuses to accept. Her backup plan involves a help wanted ad: She hires a young man to pose as her replacement fiancé and assigns him to behave so rudely toward her father that he will change his mind about the original cad. Gene Raymond has some uproarious moments as the fake suitor—a French count complete with phony mustache—who digs right in to the job of insulting the girl's father and aunt.

It's a very lightweight comedy of impostors, wrong impressions and late revelations. A pretty typical plot—but lots of fun nevertheless.

Of course, Raymond and Sothern are meant to get together eventually, but only if they can get past the usual set of misunderstandings. Both stars are energetic and appealing. Raymond—whose character is also an aspiring crooner—gets to sing a couple of fine songs, as well.

Jessie Ralph is excellent as always as the witty aunt who offers advice, support and wisecracks. Ralph and Stephenson make a good pair as the older generation who may be misled by the youngsters' schemes but soon catch on.

Sothern and Raymond make a neat match and look like they are having a good time. The story moves along briskly and while the picture doesn't leave a deep impression, it's sure easy to watch!

Great moment: "You're losing your mustache!"

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Release Date:

11 September 1936 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Count Pete See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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