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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

Actors Tommy Conlon, Tom McGuire and Harry Watson were listed as cast members in a pre-production note in the Hollywood Reporter, but they were not seen in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Pansy: Oh Rusty, here I am, all dressed up and no place to go. Nobody loves me. Oh, why was I ever born?
Rusty: Well, everybody makes mistakes.
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Connections

Featured in Memories of Oz (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Happy Days Are Here Again
(1929) (uncredited)
Music by Milton Ager
Lyrics by Jack Yellen
Sung a cappella by Bert Lahr with slightly modified lyrics
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Lahr At His Wildest
6 December 2001 | by lzf0See all my reviews

This was Lahr's first starring feature film. It is based on his stage hit of the same name. He is completely over the top. This wild stage persona can also be seen in his shorts for Educational, but by the time he made "The Wizard of Oz", he had begun to calm down. Charlotte Greenwood plays the role originally done by Kate Smith on Broadway. She and Lahr make a fine combination. This film includes a doctor's office sketch which is quite risqué and is of questionable taste. Lahr keeps the film from being boring, but his energy can become very tiring. The De Sylva, Brown and Henderson musical numbers from the original show have been deleted, but there are a couple of new Dorothy Fields-Jimmy McHugh songs, with Busby Berkeley style "choreography", and of course, Lahr gets a musical number to show his stuff. All fans of the Cowardly Lion should check out this film.


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