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Riding on Air (1937)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 18 June 1937 (USA)
Smugglers are using a device for controlling airplanes in flight, and newspaper reporters from Chicago are vying for the story. Reporter Elmer Lane is out to scoop rival reporter Betty Harrison, and capture her heart in the process.

Director:

Edward Sedgwick

Writers:

Richard Macaulay (character: Elmer Lane), Richard Macaulay (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joe E. Brown ... Elmer Lane
Guy Kibbee ... J. Rutherford 'Doc' Waddington
Florence Rice ... Betty Harrison
Vinton Hayworth ... Harvey Schumann (as Vinton Haworth)
Anthony Nace ... Bill Hilton
Harlan Briggs ... Mr. Harrison
Andrew Tombes ... Eddie Byrd
Clem Bevans ... Sheriff
Harry C. Bradley ... Mayor
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Storyline

When he wins $5000 in an essay contest for a breakfast cereal, small town reporter and amateur aviator Elmer Lane becomes a target for con man Doc Waddington. After the naive newsman involves gullible local businessmen in the scheme, and they discover they've been flim-flammed, his credibility with his friends and fiancée is shattered. In order to restore his reputation, the novice pilot needs to solve a murder and expose a bootlegging smuggling ring. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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The world's dizziest aviator opens his throttle just to ventilate his tonsils as he hops from cloud to cloud for love and glory! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 June 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

All Is Confusion See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in New York City Tuesday 16 May 1950 on the DuMont Television Network's WABD (Channel 5). See more »

Quotes

Bill Hilton: Some day the worm will turn.
Elmer Lane: Why should he? He's the same on both sides.
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Soundtracks

I'm Tired of Trying to Make You Care
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Written by Henry Cohen and Edward Sedgwick (uncredited)
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It's Always Elmer
20 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Joe E. Brown is a small-town newspaperman with an assortment of hobbies, like ham radio and flying. He gets himself accepted as the local correspondent of a Chicago newspaper and is hoodwinked by Guy Kibbee as a successful investor, whom he brings back to town to organize a company for a local radio-controlled plane. Brown also has a girl -- Florence Rice -- and a theory he is pursuing for the paper about a man who was shot seven times and his bones broken.

It's an elaborately plotted comedy, done during the period when Brown left Warner Brothers for independent producer David Loew. While the story is nicely complicated, the gag structure, supervised by Eddie Sedgwick, is pretty tired. There's a thrill comedy sequence, but it's clearly shot on a set with a wing-walker doubling for a brief few seconds. Instead, the comedy depends on Brown's screen persona and big-mouth shtick. It is not, alas, enough to make this movie very funny.


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