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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bud Abbott ... Blackie Benson
Lou Costello ... Heathcliff
Martha Raye ... Gloria Phelps / Barbara Phelps
Carol Bruce ... Linda Joyce
William Gargan ... Craig Morrison
Dick Foran ... Jinx Roberts
Charles Lang ... Jim Joyce
William B. Davidson ... Gonigle (as William Davidson)
Truman Bradley ... Butch
Loring Smith Loring Smith ... Major Barstow
William Forrest ... Colonel
Freddie Slack Freddie Slack ... Pianist
The Six Hits The Six Hits
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When a barnstorming stunt pilot decides to join the air corps, his two goofball assistants decide to go with him. Since the two are Abbott & Costello, the air corps doesn't know what it's in for.

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A NEW ALTITUDE RECORD...in high Hilarity! See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | War

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Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up in the Air See more »

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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Pig Foot Pete", performed by Martha Raye in the film, was a 1942 Academy Award nominee for Best Song. However, on the ballots the song was attributed to Hellzapoppin' (1941), though it never appeared in that film. The Academy has no record of how the error occurred. See more »

Goofs

After Bud and Lou are riding that runaway torpedo and are thrown off and the torpedo explodes demolishing a barn, Bud refers to Lou as Herbie. Lou's name is Heathcliff in this film, he was Herbie Brown in Buck Privates. See more »

Quotes

Blackie Benson: Heathcliff! Where are you taking that torpedo?
Heathcliff: I'm not taking it, it's takin' *me*!
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Reveille
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Chocks and chortles away!
15 August 2010 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Out of Universal Pictures comes Keep 'Em Flying starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello with support from Martha Raye, Dick Foran and Carol Bruce. It's directed by Arthur Lubin with music by Charles Previn and was filmed on location at the Cal-Aero school in Ontario, California. Plot sees the bumbling duo and their stunt pilot pal Jinx Roberts (Foran) join the Army Air Force after getting fired from their positions at a carnival & air show. High jinx and love interests will of course follow.

The fifth film outing for Abbott and Costello, and their third featuring the armed forces after Buck Privates & In The Navy, Keep 'Em Flying is one of their better feature length productions. Tho somewhat surprisingly rather thick on plot, the piece is all the better for some narrative substance in that it lets us savour the slaphappy antics of the intrepid duo when their routines come alive. Action sequences to savour here include a runaway torpedo, a spooky carnival fun house and a short sharp shock treatment of Lou falling over his ankle grabbing pants. While there's quality in a dialogue driven skit that the boys perform in a Café-where we are introduced to the bright and bubbly Raye; playing twin sisters who each end up dating the boys. There's also some nice tunes penned by Don Raye & Gene de Paul, with the stand out being "Pig Foot Pete" that was famously nominated for an Academy Award but for the wrong movie (Hellzapoppin').

Funny, daft and even romantic, Keep 'Em Flying soars high enough to entertain the masses. 8/10


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