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Flying High (1931)

An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

Director:

Charles Reisner (as Charles F. Reisner)

Writers:

Buddy G. DeSylva (book) (as George G. De Sylva), Lew Brown (book) | 5 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bert Lahr ... Rusty
Charlotte Greenwood ... Pansy
Pat O'Brien ... Sport
Kathryn Crawford ... Eileen
Charles Winninger ... Doctor Brown
Hedda Hopper ... Mrs. Smith
Guy Kibbee ... Mr. Smith
Herbert Braggiotti Herbert Braggiotti ... Gordon
Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra Gus Arnheim and His Orchestra ... Gus ArnHeim's Orchestra (as Gus Arnheim and his Orchestra)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gus Arnheim Gus Arnheim ... Gus Arnheim - the Orchestra Leader
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Storyline

An eccentric inventor and his new flying machine are the focus of this musical comedy.

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Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

George White's Flying High See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

When Kate Smith played the female lead in the original Broadway production, her character's name was Pansy Sparks. When Charlotte Greenwood took over the role in the film, the character became Pansy Potts. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Brown: For somersaults and tailspins I have to test your nerves. I must see just how good you are on curves.
Chorus Girl: Oh, we're very good on curves.
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Connections

Featured in Memories of Oz (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I'll Make a Happy Landing (the Lucky Day I Land You)
(1931) (uncredited)
Music by Jimmy McHugh
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
Played during the opening credit and at the end
Sung by Kathryn Crawford and chorus and danced by the chorus in a production number
Played also as background music
Footage later used in Plane Nuts (1933)
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Bert Lahr...not very funny.
6 July 2010 | by Lone_ProspectorSee all my reviews

As a huge fan of pre-codes, I was disappointed with FLYING HIGH. Bert Lahr's performance was way over the top. Yes, as other reviewers have noted, Bert's 'act' pretty much foreshadows his role of a lifetime as the Cowardly Lion in THE WIZARD OF OZ. But still, I did not find him funny at all. He was rather annoying actually.

Pat O'Brien is great in the straight man role and Charlotte Greenwood is her usual awkward self. Even these decent performances can't save this one.

As far as controversial pre-code scenes, I found the 'It'll Be the First Time for Me' duet to be one of the most suggestive pieces of film around.

One last thing. Is it just me, or does Bert Lahr's schtick seem patterned after Curly Howard of the Three Stooges? It feels at times like Bert is doing a spot on impersonation of Curly. I used to think that Bert as the Cowardly Lion flat out stole Curly's routine. But given that FLYING HIGH was released before Curly, Moe, et al. made it big, now I wonder who copied who.


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