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Flying High
     

Flying High

Director: Charles "Chuck" Riesner, Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O'Brien

Cast: Charles "Chuck" Riesner, Bert Lahr, Charlotte Greenwood, Pat O'Brien

 
Flying High was a nonsensical Broadway musical hit of 1930 starring Bert Lahr. The film version, made one year later by MGM, made a few efforts to "cinematize" the stage original, but the focus was on Lahr, re-creating his Broadway performance virtually verbatim -- except for his famous (and notorious) gag sequence involving a urinalysis! Lahr plays the goofy

Overview

Flying High was a nonsensical Broadway musical hit of 1930 starring Bert Lahr. The film version, made one year later by MGM, made a few efforts to "cinematize" the stage original, but the focus was on Lahr, re-creating his Broadway performance virtually verbatim -- except for his famous (and notorious) gag sequence involving a urinalysis! Lahr plays the goofy inventor of an "aerocopter" flying machine, who is compelled to prove the efficiency of his invention in a slapstick cross-country airmail delivery race. While Lahr's original Broadway co-star Kate Smith does not appear in the film, he was more than amply matched comedically by Charlotte Greenwood. The musical numbers for Flying High were choreographed by Busby Berkeley; one of his more engaging routines was later excerpted for the 1934 Ted Healy/Three Stooges two-reeler Plane Nuts.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316205082
Original Release:
1931
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:19:00
Sales rank:
55,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bert Lahr Rusty
Charlotte Greenwood Pansy
Pat O'Brien Sport
Kathryn Crawford Eileen
Charles Winninger Dr. Brown
Hedda Hopper Mrs. Smith
Guy Kibbee Mr. Smith
Gus Arnheim & Orch. Themselves
Herbert Braggiotti Gordon
Richard Carle Actor

Technical Credits
Charles "Chuck" Riesner Director,Screenwriter
Busby Berkeley Choreography
Lew Brown Score Composer
Buddy G. DeSylva Score Composer
Dorothy Fields Songwriter
Merritt B. Gerstad Cinematographer
William S. Gray Editor
Ray Henderson Score Composer
Robert Hopkins Screenwriter
R.E. Hopkins Screenwriter
James McHugh Songwriter
A.P. Younger Screenwriter

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