Melvin Byrd, who dreams of being a scientist, is a Cape Kennedy "miniscule molecular particle surveillance monitor" - in short, a janitor. His job is to keep a major rocket project completely dust-free, and this he does with his own hilariously fantastic inventions - including a literal attack on dirt by a "knight on a white horse". In his work, he meets Judy, a chimp involved in a top-secret project, which leads Melvin into the one room strictly off-limits to him. Not until he has entered the project room does Melvin learn that any man entering it will be negatively ionized - making him fly like a bird.
Soupy Sales is Flying High...and the race for space - is up in the air!
Did You Know?
As Melvin begins to fly after handing the tire he was holding to the cab driver, you can see a shadow of the flying rigging across his face and shoulders. See more
[to Melvin who has floated to the ceiling
Melvin, you certainly got high in this party.
Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential
Birds Do It
Written by Howard Greenfield
and Jack Keller See more