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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:

As Co-Pilots... They're Co-Riots! They've got the whole Army Air Corps in a sky-high uproar... and sweeping the nation in fun-formation! 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

The songs "I Won't Forget the Dawn", "What Kind of Love Is This" and "You Don't Know What Love Is" were written for the picture by Don Raye and Gene de Paul but not used. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Let's Keep 'Em Flying
(1941)
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Played during the opening and end credits
Sung by Dick Foran (uncredited)
Reprised by Carol Bruce (uncredited) and chorus near the end
Played as background music often
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Weakest of their 1941 efforts
12 January 2001 | by jimtinderSee all my reviews

Their fourth starring vehicle of 1941, "Keep 'Em Flying" shows the wear and tear of the duo's busy year. The films production values are more skimpy; evidently by filming on location at Cal-Aero in Ontario, California, the producers felt they could cut costs. This doesn't help A&C's flying sequences with their poor rear projection or the rescue sequence at the end, with all-too-obvious miniatures. The real flying stunt sequences sandwiched around them, however, are done well.

What saves the film are A&C's performances and the interplay between Costello and Martha Raye, who plays twins in the film. There are some truly funny moments, but not enough to elevate the film among their best. 6 out of 10.


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