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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Music, War | 28 November 1941 (USA)
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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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 »

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Up in the Air  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Maj. Robert Scott was more than just the "technical advisor" for this film. As the base commander at Cal Aero, the training facility in Ontario, CA, where this film was shot, he would not permit a civilian to perform the scene where a training aircraft is taxied fast through a series of four hangars, which were built end-to-end. In his book, "The Day I Owned the Sky", Scott (author of the book on which God Is My Co-Pilot (1945) is based) revealed that he performed the stunt himself. See more »

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When Benson and Heathcliff's plane lands, it is without landing gear in an area where no planes are near. When Heathcliff gets out of the plane, it is upright, indicating that landing gear is present, and other planes surround theirs. See more »

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Blackie Benson: No, you don't want to drink. Remember, every time you go into a barroom, the Devil goes in with you.
Heathcliff: If he does, he buys his own drink.
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References Buck Privates (1941) See more »

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Played by a buglar to awaken the cadets
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Third Armed Force Duly Saluted
18 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Abbott & Costello probably needed a rest after completing their third salute to America's (woefully unprepared) armed services in 1941. Following "Buck Privates" and "In the Navy," the comedic duo took on the Army Air Corps. This time they didn't have the bouncy cheerfulness and fine voices of the Andrews Sisters-too bad.

There are a fair number of funny moments here but, overall, this last comedy paean to a fighting service has a tired quality and some of the scenes are disjointed. A young Martha Raye is good portraying either two sisters or one seriously schizoid woman, take your pick.

A definite period piece, "Keep "Em Flying" heralds America's air arm but anyone with historical knowledge will wince as the obsolete planes go through their paces. And this film was made while Germany and Japan were fielding state-of-the-art combat aircraft.

6/10


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