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George Takes the Air (1938)

It's in the Air (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Musical, War | 9 December 1940 (USA)
A case of mistaken identity leads to accident-prone George Brown (George Formby) entering the Royal Air Force and falling in love with the Sergeant Major's daughter.


Anthony Kimmins


Anthony Kimmins (screenplay), Anthony Kimmins (story)




Complete credited cast:
George Formby ... George Brown
Polly Ward Polly Ward ... Peggy
Jack Hobbs Jack Hobbs ... Cpl. Craig
Garry Marsh ... Commanding Officer Hill
Julien Mitchell Julien Mitchell ... Sergeant Major
Ilena Sylva Ilena Sylva ... Anne Brown
Frank Leighton Frank Leighton ... Pvt. Bob Bullock
C. Denier Warren C. Denier Warren ... Sir Philip
Michael Shepley ... Adjutant
Hal Gordon Hal Gordon ... Nobby Clark - mechanic
Joe Cunningham Joe Cunningham ... Flight Sergeant
Jack Melford Jack Melford ... Lt. Terry - pilot
Eliot Makeham ... Sir Philip's Gardener


Accident-prone George Brown (George Formby) is rejected by the Home Guard because he can't tell his left from his right. However, when a pal in the RAF forgets some very important documents George dons a uniform and takes them to the base, where he is mistaken for a dispatch rider. George soon finds it is easier to get into the air force than it is to get out, but finds some compensation when he meets his Sergeant Major's pretty daughter. Written by Mark Wood <markawood@hotmail.co.uk>

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Comedy | Musical | War


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The scenes of the air-raid exercise at the opening of the film are taken from Things to Come (1936). See more »


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They Can't Fool Me
Written by George Formby, Harry Gifford & Fred E. Cliffe
Performed by George Formby
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Pre-war propaganda with Formby in an above average comedy vehicle
24 August 2020 | by vampire_hounddogSee all my reviews

Rejected from the RAF, George (Formby) dons his brother-in-law's RAF uniform and pretends to be a despatch rider, but finds himself stuck in the camp under orders and having to take part in drills.

Good standard, charming and enjoyable Formby star vehicle. Made in pre-war, pre-Munich Britain, this is a patriotic early propaganda film produced by Basil Dean. It also includes such great tunes as 'Our Sergeant Major' which has a couple of good support performances from the likes of Julien Mitchell and Formby regular Garry Marsh.

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9 December 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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