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Keep 'Em Flying (1941)

Keep 'Em Flying is a movie starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, and Martha Raye. 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,...

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  • Genre: Action | Adventure
  • Quality: 720p
  • Size: 1.04G
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  • Language: English  
  • Run Time: 86
  • IMDB Rating: 6.8/10 
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The Synopsis for Keep 'Em Flying (1941) 720p

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.

The Director and Players for Keep 'Em Flying (1941) 720p

[Director]Arthur Lubin
[Role:]Lou Costello
[Role:]Bud Abbott
[Role:]Carol Bruce
[Role:]Martha Raye

The Reviews for Keep 'Em Flying (1941) 720p

Chocks and chortles away!Reviewed bySpikeopathVote: 8/10

Out of Universal Pictures comes Keep 'Em Flying starring the comedy team of Abbott and Costello with support from Martha Raye, Dick Foran and Carol Bruce. It's directed by Arthur Lubin with music by Charles Previn and was filmed on location at the Cal-Aero school in Ontario, California. Plot sees the bumbling duo and their stunt pilot pal Jinx Roberts (Foran) join the Army Air Force after getting fired from their positions at a carnival & air show. High jinx and love interests will of course follow.

The fifth film outing for Abbott and Costello, and their third featuring the armed forces after Buck Privates & In The Navy, Keep 'Em Flying is one of their better feature length productions. Tho somewhat surprisingly rather thick on plot, the piece is all the better for some narrative substance in that it lets us savour the slaphappy antics of the intrepid duo when their routines come alive. Action sequences to savour here include a runaway torpedo, a spooky carnival fun house and a short sharp shock treatment of Lou falling over his ankle grabbing pants. While there's quality in a dialogue driven skit that the boys perform in a Café-where we are introduced to the bright and bubbly Raye; playing twin sisters who each end up dating the boys. There's also some nice tunes penned by Don Raye & Gene de Paul, with the stand out being "Pig Foot Pete" that was famously nominated for an Academy Award but for the wrong movie (Hellzapoppin').

Funny, daft and even romantic, Keep 'Em Flying soars high enough to entertain the masses. 8/10

They Both Get Martha RayeReviewed bybkoganbingVote: 8/10

One of the funniest of Abbott and Costello's early Universal films was Keep 'Em Flying which stuck with the tried and true formula established by Buck Privates.

The boys are working at a carnival with their pal Dick Foran who's a stunt flier. After a disagreement with management, all three of them quit and wind up in the Army Air Corps.

For Foran he gets to renew a personal rivalry with William Gargan who's an instructor who had fired Foran once before in a civilian flying job. They're both interested in the lovely Carol Bruce who sings great and is a USO hostess.

The boys are up to their usual monkeyshines. Seeing both of them on the back of a speeding torpedo was as funny as when they repeated the same gag on the back of a bucking bronco in Ride 'Em Cowboy. And seeing them hit the silk at the end of the film is indescribable.

Martha Raye plays a dual role in the film as twin sisters, one of whom likes Abbott and the other Costello. Of course poor Costello doesn't realize they're twins and Martha's on and off attitude towards him is baffling. Later on the same twin gimmick was used by Betty Hutton in Here Come The Waves.

Gene DePaul and Don Raye wrote the original songs for this film and actually came up with an Academy Award nomination for one of their songs, Pigfoot Pete which Martha Raye sings and which is incorrectly credited in Academy records to another Universal Film, Hellzapoppin'. It's not bad, but it's really a poor man's Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The best song in the film is one interpolated for Carol Bruce when we first meet her as a nightclub singer, the Tommy Dorsey standard, I'm Getting Sentimental Over You.

Keep 'Em Flying is right in the great tradition of Buck Privates and In the Navy and still as funny today as when first made.

The last laughter before war hits the U.S.Reviewed bySimonJackVote: 8/10

This is the third and last of the armed services morale films that Universal made in 1941. All were with Bud Abbott and Lou Costello. "Keep 'Em Flying" reached theaters for general release in the U.S. on November 28. It likely was still playing in most theaters around the country nine days later when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. While the antics of Abbott and Costello surely helped calm the anxiety and tensions of many people in the months leading up the war, after December 7, 1941, people wouldn't be in the mood for comedy for a few more months, especially regarding military service.

Still, America's favorite comedy team then had done much, and they would do one short of a dozen comedy films during the war years to provide the home front and troops away with laughter. In "Keep 'Em Flying," Martha Raye and Carol Bruce replace The Andrews Sisters for the musical portion. Bud and Lou, as Blackie and Heathcliff, get into all kinds of mishaps around aviation. They follow a friend, Jinx Roberts (played by Dick Foran) to Army pilot training camp, and wind up as ground support.

As with the earlier two service morale films ('Buck Privates" and "In the Navy"), this one has some historical value as well. The Army pilot training is done at Cal-Aero Flight Academy. It was a civilian aviation school that had been started before WWII. With the war spreading in Europe and Japan expanding in the Far East, the U.S. began building an Armed Forces from a peacetime military that was but a skeleton. The Army didn't have enough training pilots or facilities to quickly train the thousands of pilots that would be needed. It had pilot training schools in Alabama, California and Texas, but still needed more. So, the Army contracted with Cal-Aero to train pilots. The trainers were civilians, but they operated under a military command with military procedures. That's what we see in this film.

Cal-Aero was located near Chino, California, east of Los Angeles. The Cal-Aero Academy closed on Oct. 16, 1944. It had trained 10,365 fighter and bomber pilots for the war effort. In 1940, Army flight training had been reduced from nine to seven months in order to get more pilots ready. But that was reduced even further in early 1941 when flight training was set at 20 weeks, as is the case in this movie. Also, on June 20 of that year, the Army Air Corps was redesignated the US Army Air Forces. (USAF). It would be designated the U.S. Air Force and comprise a separate branch of the Armed Forces on Sept. 18, 1947.

At the end of the war, the Chino Air field became one of the large airplane bone yards for surplus planes. Today the Chino Airport has a large air museum.

One other historical note about this film is its introduction of the U.S.O. clubs. The United Service Organizations formed on February 4, 1941, to provide entertainment and comforts for American service men and women away from home. Six groups responded to a request from Pres. Franklin Roosevelt and formed the U.S.O. They were the YMCA, YWCA, Salvation Army, National Catholic Community Service, National Jewish Welfare Board, and National Travelers Aid Association. In this film, we see a U.S.O club with its doors open outside the Cal-Aero Academy. Martha Raye, playing twin sisters Gloria and Barbara, works at the USO, as does Carol Bruce, a singer who plays Linda Joyce.

After the December 7 attack on Pearl Harbor, young men flocked to recruiting stations around the country to sign up for military service. I can imagine that Cal-Aero had a flood of applicants for its pilot training. And, those pilots who graduated within two weeks of this film's release would be among the first wave of American aerial combatants to serve in Europe, as well as at Army installations in the Pacific.

"Keep 'Em Flying" has some excellent stunt flying sequences. The comedy, romance, flying, locale and historical notes all add up to a fine movie. It makes a good addition to any film library for students of wartime or American military history, or for those who have a comedy library.

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