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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.

Director:

Joseph Santley

Writers:

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

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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Storyline

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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Comedy | Musical

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

Quotes

Kit Bennett: Do you smoke?
Pete Quinlan, aka Count Pierre Louis de Marsac: Why, yes!
Kit Bennett: So does your kitchen.
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Soundtracks

My Heart Wants To Dance
Music by Harry Ruby
Lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Sid Silvers
Sung by an unidentifed sextet at the beach club
Reprised by Gene Raymond at the radio staion
Played as background at the end
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Kit and Pete Meticulously Harmonize Amid Methodical Disharmony
8 September 2010 | by WeatherVioletSee all my reviews

This entertaining springtime Musical reunites one of Hollywood's reportedly most reluctant screen-teams for the second of their five pairings at RKO Radio Pictures. Yet Ann Sothern and Gene Raymond accept the challenge to deliver fine performances in Song and Comedy, and willingly to tackle new skills for their roles: for Gene, he continually practices the art of monocle-wearing, and for Ann, she learns automobile driving maneuvers, such as to brake before colliding with her co-star. Yet their collective singing talents remain perfectly harmonious.

Well, at the Bennett estate, in Beverly Hills, Mr. Horace Bennett (Henry Stephenson) locks his determined daughter, Kit Bennett (Ann Sothern), into her second-story room for threatening to elope with that ne'er-do-well gold-digger Fred Randolph (Alan Curtis), whose ex-wife, the Ex-Mrs. Fred Randolph (Anita Colby) doesn't care as long as Fred meets her outrageous demands for back alimony or else.

Evelyn Bennett (Jessie Ralph) serves as a voice of reason, of sorts, as the sister who stands up to Horace and as spinster aunt of Kit, who genuinely cares for Kit's well-being, while efficiently lacing with clever wisecracks many resulting confrontations with everyone else.

Now, unbeknown to each other, Kit and Horace each places a newspaper want ad to search for assistance regarding that there Fred Randolph: Horace intends to hire a burly guard to ward off Fred in the event that he sets foot upon the Bennett estate to attempt to elope with Kit, while Kit intends to hire a decoy to impersonate an insulting French nobleman to ire her father into yielding to her plans with Fred.

Joe (Gordon Jones), an unemployed job seeker, spots the items in the want ads and convinces his roommate to apply for the one, and Joe for the other. Roommate, Pete Quinlan (Gene Raymond), who anticipates success with his forthcoming audition to sing upon a Radio Station KARB program, initially disregards Joe's suggestion, at least until he realizes that they're down to their bottom dollar, while staying at the apartment of Pete's vacationing brother and sister-in-law, Tom Quinlan (George Meeker) and Flo Quinlan (Maxine Jennings), after Joe convinces them that a change of scenery might be nice.

Well, Horace takes to hiring Joe, as Kit pays a visit to Pete, to make him over into the fashionably insulting Count Pierre Louis de Marsac, a plot device reportedly borrowed from the career of comedian Vincent Barnett, who was often invited to Hollywood dinner parties, to portray an insulting waiter.

But Horace takes to the notion of Kit's hosting Count Pierre Louis de Marsac, greatly preferring him to Fred, and hoping that Kit does, as well, even though that's hardly her intention, while Aunt Evelyn attempts to understand Kit and Horace's mindsets once events begin to go awry before her very eyes.

In addition to his household staff, including Bennett's Maid (Fern Emmett) and Vincent, Bennett's Butler (Charles Coleman), Horace hires Albert, the French Valet (George Beranger) to serve Count Pierre Louis de Marsac with provincial hospitality. But once Albert discovers certain newspaper clippings inserted into the pockets of Kit and Pete's clothing, Horace decides to warn Kit that the Count may not be French at all, or maybe that this French pancake may not be a Count, while Evelyn begins to see the overall picture.

So, at the Beach Club restaurant one evening, the tide begins to turn for one and all, as Kit ponders Horace's unanticpated reactions to Pete, and Pete decides to try to turn the tables on Fred, before the schemes begin to spiral out of control. Patricia Wilder has a role as the wisecracking KARB Receptionist, advancing yet another plot twist.

This includes three songs performed at least twice each, consisting of "Cabin On The Hilltop," "My Heart Wants To Dance," and the show-stopping "Let's Make a Wish," as the lovely soprano Ann Sothern harmonizes with the smooth tenor Gene Raymond, accompanied by that docile but very capable group around the beach campfire in the Beach Club backdrop.


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