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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 ... Pianist
The Six Hits The Six Hits ... Singing Group
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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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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Pig Foot Pete", performed by Martha Raye in the film, was a 1942 Academy Award nominee for Best Song. However, on the ballots the song was attributed to Hellzapoppin' (1941), though it never appeared in that film. The Academy has no record of how the error occurred. 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: Heathcliff! Where are you taking that torpedo?
Heathcliff: I'm not taking it, it's takin' *me*!
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Connections

Featured in Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982) See more »

Soundtracks

Pig Foot Pete
(1941)
Lyrics by Don Raye
Music by Gene de Paul
Sung by Martha Raye (uncredited) and The Six Hits (uncredited) in the USO Hall
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High Flying Comedy.
26 October 2013 | by AaronCapenBannerSee all my reviews

Abbott & Costello plays Blackie Benson & Heathcliff, two bumbling assistants to recently fired Air Show stunt pilot Jinx Roberts(played by Dick Foran). With nowhere else to go, they enlist in the Air Force sometime before WWII, where they proceed to turn it upside down with their wild antics. Martha Raye plays twins who cause confusion for the team when they are in a diner, and they are waitresses, then later when they go on a double date in the fun-house. Can they survive their training, and will the Air Force survive them? Funny comedy with good gags and tolerable songs. Does for the Air Force what "Buck Privates" did for the army; too bad about the navy though...


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