Flying with Music (1942)

46 mins | Musical comedy | 22 May 1942

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Cobana, although some production charts also listed it as Cubana. In 1942, MPH reviewed this film under the title Song of the Lagoon. Flying with Music was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture), and Best Song for "Pennies for Peppino." Modern sources add actors Jack Chefe, Suzanne Ridgeway , Marie Windsor and Margaret Roach to the cast.
       Flying with Music was one of Hal Roach's "streamlined features," a series of short comedies intended to fill the second half of a double bill. The first streamlined feature was the 1941 film Tanks a Million (see entry). ...

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The working title of this film was Cobana, although some production charts also listed it as Cubana. In 1942, MPH reviewed this film under the title Song of the Lagoon. Flying with Music was nominated for Academy Awards for Best Music (Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture), and Best Song for "Pennies for Peppino." Modern sources add actors Jack Chefe, Suzanne Ridgeway , Marie Windsor and Margaret Roach to the cast.
       Flying with Music was one of Hal Roach's "streamlined features," a series of short comedies intended to fill the second half of a double bill. The first streamlined feature was the 1941 film Tanks a Million (see entry).

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
12 Dec 1941
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Daily Variety
19 Dec 1941
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Daily Variety
26 Dec 1941
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Hollywood Reporter
5 Dec 1941
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
12 Dec 1941
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
19 Dec 1941
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
7 Aug 1942
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
22 May 1942
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
3 Oct 1942
p. 943
The Exhibitor
15 Jul 1942
p. 1051
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Holly Morse
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Pres
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
W. L. Stevens
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Photog eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"If It's Love," "Rotana," "Pennies for Peppino," "Caribbean Magic" and "Song of the Lagoon," music by Edward Ward, lyrics by Chet Forrest and Bob Wright.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Cobana
Cubana
Song of the Lagoon
Release Date:
22 May 1942
Production Date:
5 Dec--late Dec 1941
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Hal Roach Studios, Inc.
6 August 1942
LP11506
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
46
Length(in feet):
4,168
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
8044
SYNOPSIS

Revised SUM Flying with Music 1942
Florida socialite Ann Andrews becomes infatuated with a Caribbean nightclub singer, Juan Matanza, whom she has only seen in a photograph. In order to meet the singer, she has convinced her father to allow her to take a Caribbean tour with four girl friends, Jill, Bobbie, Jane and Mary, accompanied by a spinster chaperone, Miss Mullens. Before the women arrive on the islands, their assigned guide, Horace Willpott, confides his intense fear of flying to Harry Bernard, who is trying to elude Joe, a New York detective, and his interpreter, Wilbur. Believing that Joe and Wilbur want to arrest him for tax evasion, Harry offers to pretend he is Horace and take over his assignment, which will provide him with a cover and prevent Horace from losing his job. While flying to the various islands, Ann attracts the attention of pilot Don Terry, who asks her out to a nightclub at one of their stops. As she plans to search the nightclubs for her photograph lover, Ann agrees. When she then learns that her dream lover sings at a club on the island of La Monica, she convinces Harry to take her and her friends there, inadvertently providing Harry with yet another escape from the detectives. The entire island of La Monica is celebrating a carnival, and Ann and her pals go to see her singer and discover that, although he is as handsome as she imagined, he is happily married to another entertainer. Realizing that her fantasy has not come true, Ann finally recognizes that she is really in love with Don and goes to him. Meanwhile, ...

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Revised SUM Flying with Music 1942
Florida socialite Ann Andrews becomes infatuated with a Caribbean nightclub singer, Juan Matanza, whom she has only seen in a photograph. In order to meet the singer, she has convinced her father to allow her to take a Caribbean tour with four girl friends, Jill, Bobbie, Jane and Mary, accompanied by a spinster chaperone, Miss Mullens. Before the women arrive on the islands, their assigned guide, Horace Willpott, confides his intense fear of flying to Harry Bernard, who is trying to elude Joe, a New York detective, and his interpreter, Wilbur. Believing that Joe and Wilbur want to arrest him for tax evasion, Harry offers to pretend he is Horace and take over his assignment, which will provide him with a cover and prevent Horace from losing his job. While flying to the various islands, Ann attracts the attention of pilot Don Terry, who asks her out to a nightclub at one of their stops. As she plans to search the nightclubs for her photograph lover, Ann agrees. When she then learns that her dream lover sings at a club on the island of La Monica, she convinces Harry to take her and her friends there, inadvertently providing Harry with yet another escape from the detectives. The entire island of La Monica is celebrating a carnival, and Ann and her pals go to see her singer and discover that, although he is as handsome as she imagined, he is happily married to another entertainer. Realizing that her fantasy has not come true, Ann finally recognizes that she is really in love with Don and goes to him. Meanwhile, when Joe and Wilbur finally confront Henry, he learns that they have been looking for him to inform him that he has won $100,000 in a sweepstakes. Harry is relieved and overjoyed, until he is informed that, after taxes, he actually owes the government $14.05.

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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