It's in the Air
|It’s in the Air|
UK film poster
|Directed by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Basil Dean
|Written by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Music by||Ernest Irving|
|Edited by||Ernest Aldridge|
|Distributed by||Associated British|
It’s in the Air is a 1938 British comedy film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring George Formby, Polly Ward and Jack Hobbs. The film was made at Ealing Studios. It was released in the United States with the alternative title George Takes the Air in 1940.
George Brown is rejected as an Air Raid Warden, and in doing so sees his potential to join the Royal Air Force. His dreams could soon come true as he realises that in fact his friend has left behind some very important papers. He dons his friend's Royal Air Force uniform and delivers the papers, whereupon he is mistaken for a dispatch driver from headquarters.
He soon becomes the butt of jokes from his sergeant which ends up with him staying indefinitely at the airfield. George soon falls in love with the Sergeant Major's daughter and when he discovers his real identity he threatens to report him.
On the day of an annual inspection George attempts to escape the base and ends up in a plane; while the inspector watches, George's aeroplane display is memorable and the inspector insists he should be commended in order to save their skins. George manages to land the plane and is accepted as a flyer by the RAF.
- George Formby as George Brown
- Polly Ward as Peggy
- Jack Hobbs as Cpl. Craig
- Julien Mitchell as The Sergeant Major
- Garry Marsh as Commanding Officer Hill
- Ilena Sylva as Anne Brown
- Frank Leighton as Pvt. Bob Bullock.
- C. Denier Warren as Sir Philip
- Michael Shepley as Adjutant
- Hal Gordon as Nobby Clark, mechanic
- Joe Cunningham as Flight Sergeant
- Jack Melford as Lt. Terry, pilot
- Eliot Makeham as Sir Philip's Gardener
- Esma Cannon as Sir Philip's Maid
- O.B. Clarence as Sir Philip's Gardener
- Philip Godfrey as 2nd. Ambulance Man
- Bryan Herbert as RAF Corporal Organising Concert
- Philip Ray as Airman with Shoe
- John Salew as RAF Radio Operator
- Jack Vyvian as Corporal in Ambulance
The film was partly made at the former London Air Park in Feltham, Middlesex. It is now a cinema and out of town shopping complex. After service as a fighter repair works and wartime aircraft factory during World War II, the air park closed down in 1946 to avoid air traffic conflicts with the new nearby Heathrow Airport. Feltham District Council purchased the park in 1956. The film's art direction is by Wilfred Shingleton.
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