Abbott and Costello continue their cinematic slaphappy antics in Keep 'Em Flying, third in their series of service comedies. Stressing the individualized routines of the duo throughout - with story framework nothing but a lame excuse for this display - picture is easy to laugh at.

Abbott and Costello continue their cinematic slaphappy antics in Keep ‘Em Flying, third in their series of service comedies. Stressing the individualized routines of the duo throughout – with story framework nothing but a lame excuse for this display – picture is easy to laugh at.

Interwoven with the typical A & C byplay are a plentiful supply of physical thrill action and three songs written by Don Raye and Gene de Paul. It’s all thrown together in a loose melange to showcase the two comics.

Opening in a carnival to allow Abbott and Costello to display some knockabout routines, picture swings to a night club and then to the Cal-Aero Academy – prep school for army fliers. The comedy pair are stooges for stunt flier Dick Foran, and when he ditches the carny, pair go along with him to the flying school to become flunkies around the place.

Direction by Arthur Lubin is okay considering loosely-woven script. Ralph Ceder, veteran of the Mack Sennett thrill-comedy days, injects plenty of action in the chase and flying sequences in his direction of this portion of the picture.

Keep 'Em Flying

Production

Universal. Director Arthur Lubin; Producer Glenn Tryon; Screenplay True Boardman, Nat Perrin, John Grant; Camera Joseph Valentine, Elmer Dyer; Editor Philip Cahn, Arthur Hilton

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1941. Running time: 86 MIN.

With

Bud Abbott Lou Costello Martha Raye Carol Bruce Dick Foran
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