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Keep ‘Em Flying (1941)

November 2nd, 2008 by Anne Richardson · No Comments · 1940's, Oregon film, Oregon film old definition, Oregon location (cameo)


In the wartime comedy Keep ‘Em Flying, Abbot and Costello go to training camp and parachute out of a plane over actual Southern Oregon forests. I claim it as an Oregon film on that basis.

Radio comedians who successfully transitioned to the big screen, Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were top box office for years. Lou Abbott was reknowned for his skill as a straight man. Both men started in burlesque.

Keep ‘Em Flying was directed by Arthur Lubin, who began his career as an extra for Erich Von Stroheim, and ended it as the director of the television series Mister Ed. 

I have never seen Keep ‘Em Flying

I have shopped at Keep ‘Em Flying, at 510 NW 21st Avenue in Portland, which was first opened by mail art maven Rhoda Mappo and famed Impossibilist Tom Cassidy (aka Musicmaster) as a combination vintage store, gallery, and performance space about 500 years ago.

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