Walking on Air (1936)

68 or 70 mins | Comedy | 11 September 1936

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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Count Pete. Although HR production charts include Harriet Hilliard in the cast, her participation in the final film is doubtful. RKO borrowed writer Viola Brothers Shore from Paramount for this production. ...

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The working title of this film was Count Pete. Although HR production charts include Harriet Hilliard in the cast, her participation in the final film is doubtful. RKO borrowed writer Viola Brothers Shore from Paramount for this production.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
13 Aug 1936
p. 3
Film Daily
17 Aug 1936
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
2 Jun 1936
p. 3
Hollywood Reporter
22 Jun 1936
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 1936
pp. 8-9
Hollywood Reporter
13 Aug 1936
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
13 Aug 1936
p. 12
Motion Picture Herald
4 Jul 1936
p. 39
Motion Picture Herald
22 Aug 1936
p. 40
New York Times
12 Sep 1936
p. 20
Variety
16 Sep 1936
p. 17
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
PHOTOGRAPHY
Photog
ART DIRECTORS
Al Herman
Art dir assoc
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATOR
Set dresser
COSTUMES
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Vernon Walker
Photog eff
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the short story "Count Pete" by Francis M. Cockrell in Hearst's International-Cosmopolitan (Jul 1935).
LITERARY SOURCE AUTHOR
SONGS
"Cabin on the Hilltop," music and lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby; "My Heart Wants to Dance" and "Let's Make a Wish," music by Hary Ruby, lyrics by Bert Kalmar and Sid Silvers.
SONGWRITER/COMPOSER
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Count Pete
Release Date:
11 September 1936
Production Date:
late Jun--mid Jul 1936
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
RKO-Radio Pictures, Inc.
22 August 1936
LP6623
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
68 or 70
Length(in reels):
8
Country:
United States
PCA No:
2382
SYNOPSIS

When her father, the wealthy Horace Bennett, refuses to allow her to marry Fred Randolph and keeps her a virtual prisoner in her own mansion, Kit Bennett goes on a hunger strike in protest. Anxious to end Kit's questionable romance with the divorced Fred, Horace hires Joe, a bodyguard who has advertised himself in a newspaper's "situations wanted" column, to watch her. At the same time, Kit, seeing a similar ad for a "companion" of "noble character," gives in to her father's restrictions long enough to hire Joe's roommate, aspiring singer Pete Quinlan, to pose as an obnoxious, fortune-hunting French count in the hope that his behavior will make Fred look good by comparison. Pleased at Kit's apparent change of heart, Horace prepares lavishly for the "nobleman," even supplying him with a genuine French valet, Albert. As the count, Pete performs to perfection, insulting Horace and his spinster sister Evelyn at every turn. Just as they are about to evict the count, however, the Bennetts discover Pete's masquerade but, deducing Kit's scheme, pretend to like the count's ignoble character. Fred, meanwhile, sees that he is losing Kit to Pete and insists that he and Kit elope immediately. Sure that her father and aunt will be horrified, Kit announces her intention to marry the count, but is herself horrified when they respond with glee. Finally, Horace reveals his knowledge of the hoax and, while admitting that he likes Pete, encourages Kit to follow her heart. Now confused, Kit takes off to elope with Fred but, after nearly running over Pete, returns to claim him. He, however, has left the mansion and is ...

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When her father, the wealthy Horace Bennett, refuses to allow her to marry Fred Randolph and keeps her a virtual prisoner in her own mansion, Kit Bennett goes on a hunger strike in protest. Anxious to end Kit's questionable romance with the divorced Fred, Horace hires Joe, a bodyguard who has advertised himself in a newspaper's "situations wanted" column, to watch her. At the same time, Kit, seeing a similar ad for a "companion" of "noble character," gives in to her father's restrictions long enough to hire Joe's roommate, aspiring singer Pete Quinlan, to pose as an obnoxious, fortune-hunting French count in the hope that his behavior will make Fred look good by comparison. Pleased at Kit's apparent change of heart, Horace prepares lavishly for the "nobleman," even supplying him with a genuine French valet, Albert. As the count, Pete performs to perfection, insulting Horace and his spinster sister Evelyn at every turn. Just as they are about to evict the count, however, the Bennetts discover Pete's masquerade but, deducing Kit's scheme, pretend to like the count's ignoble character. Fred, meanwhile, sees that he is losing Kit to Pete and insists that he and Kit elope immediately. Sure that her father and aunt will be horrified, Kit announces her intention to marry the count, but is herself horrified when they respond with glee. Finally, Horace reveals his knowledge of the hoax and, while admitting that he likes Pete, encourages Kit to follow her heart. Now confused, Kit takes off to elope with Fred but, after nearly running over Pete, returns to claim him. He, however, has left the mansion and is performing on a radio program. After a mix-up concerning Pete's marital status is cleared up over the airwaves, Pete and Kit are finally united.

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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