The Amos 'n Andy Show (1951–1953)
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Kingfish Teaches Andy to Fly 

Andy falls for another pretty girl. Kingfish convinces him that to make it with the girl, he should learn to fly a plane. While taking his girl in a simulated flight, disaster ensues.


Charles Barton


Charles J. Correll (creator) (as Charles Correll), Freeman F. Gosden (creator) (as Freeman Gosden) | 2 more credits »


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Episode cast overview:
Alvin Childress Alvin Childress ... Amos
Spencer Williams Spencer Williams ... Andy (as Spencer Williams Jr.)
Tim Moore Tim Moore ... Kingfish
Ernestine Wade Ernestine Wade ... Sapphire
Johnny Lee Johnny Lee ... Calhoun
Amanda Randolph Amanda Randolph ... Sapphire's Mother (credit only)


Andy is trying to attract the attention of a beautiful lady who has a soft spot for pilots. Kingfish tells Andy he used to be a pilot instructor, and takes Andy to the airport at night and puts him in a plane in a hangar with the windows painted over and the tail tied down. He convinces them they're night flying. After several lessons, the time comes Andy's new "honey" want to go with him flying with him. Kingfish arranges the faked night flying. However, at Andy'e girls' request, she insists they really fly fast and Andy revs the motor up higher than ever before. The plane breaks loose and Andy and his honey go down the runway, take off, and disappear into the night. Kingfish is sick with grief - he knows he's killed Andy and his new girlfriend. He frets around the lodge a day or 2 and then gets a phone call from Paris . It's Andy and they landed safely. Kingfish faints. Written by David L Cox, Lindale, TX

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Release Date:

1955 (USA) See more »

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CBS See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Andy's girlfriend Charmaine is actress Kim Hamilton. Hamilton appeared on many shows such as The Twilight Zone, Mannix, All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Good Times and the Jefferson's just to name a few. See more »


As Kingfish and Calhoun enter the tower you can see the boom visible above. See more »

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Funny but incredibly farfeatched...even for "Amos 'n Andy".
1 August 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Andy wants to impress charmaine--kingfish teaches him to fly fake flying to impress her cheesy--describe flight! calls amos andy towards end

As usual, Kingfish it trying to make money by cheating people...and, as usual, his victim is the ever-gullible Andy. In this case, Kingfish offers to teach Andy to fly...provided he pay him $150. The flying sequences are ridiculous...especially since they never leave the ground nor use a plane. However, when Andy's girlfriend insists on going for a ride and he enters a real airplane with her, Kingfish realizes that there is a serious flaw in his plan!

This is an utterly ridiculous episode, even for this show. The ending, in particular, is pretty dumb...but also funny. Worth seeing but not among the better episodes.

By the way, towards the end of the show Tim Moore (Kingfish) accidentally calls Amos 'Andy' but no one seemed to notice.

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