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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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Your troubles will take off...Your laughs will be out of control...as you take a fun-flight with your favorite comics! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Music | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Up in the Air See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Heathcliff: I gotta go home, I forgot something!
Blackie Benson: What'd you forget?
Heathcliff: I forgot to stay there!
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Connections

Featured in Abbott and Costello Meet Jerry Seinfeld (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
(uncredited)
Music by George Bassman
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Carol Bruce (uncredited) at the Manila Club
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Solid A&C Film!
13 August 2014 | by babyfir77See all my reviews

A fun, likable film with a good supporting cast. I have the first volume of the Abbott & Costello collection and I would rank this movie up there with Hold That Ghost as the highlights of the collection.

For Keep 'Em Flying, Bud and Lou are friends of Jinx Roberts, a 1940s version of Tom Cruise's Maverick (Top Gun). He does his flying his own way! Good chemistry between the three. Dick Foran plays Jinx. I remembered him from two Universal Studios Mummy films.

Then there is great supporting characters played Martha Raye, Carol Bruce, and William Gargan. Raye is especially funny playing twins that befuddle our heroes.

I was surprised to find out that Carol Bruce was in Planes, Trains & Automobiles (she plays Joy). I'll have to look for her in it.

A pretty decent storyline, maybe a few too many songs, and a hilarious scene involving a runaway torpedo on land. Check it out!


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