Abbott and Costello in Keep âem Flying (1941) starring Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Martha Raye
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello play two carnival workers who join the Army Air Corps with their barnstorming stunt pilot friend. Abbott and Costello swear off women until a beautiful singer joins the USO, which begins a very unusual love triangleâMartha Raye plays the part of twin sisters, one shy and demure, and the other outgoing and earthy. This leads to one of their most famous routines, Turkey Sandwich and a Cup of Coffee – hilarious, and one of the high points of the movie.
Funny movie quotes from Abbot and Costelloâs Keep âem Flying:
Bud Abbott : No, you donât want to drink. Remember, every time you go into a barroom, the Devil goes in with you.
Lou Costello : If he does, he buys his own drink.
Trivia about Abbott and Costelloâs Keep âem Flying:
- This was originally planned for production after Ride âEm Cowboy (1936). The huge success of the previous service comedies, Buck Privates (1940) and In the Navy (1940), caused Universal to produce this first. The War Department also announced a recruitment campaign called âKeep âem Flying Weekâ which Universal could use as a patriotic tie-in.
- The original trailer was actually a one reel recruitment short, running about 9 minutes, for the Army Air Corps which included clips from this film.
- For the torpedo chase, Lou did his shots in front a a rear projection screen. For the long shots itâs Pat Costello, Louâs brother, doubling Lou for the stunts.