Now We're in the Air

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Now We're in the Air
Now We're in the Air poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank R. Strayer
Produced byAdolph Zukor
Jesse L. Lasky
Written byMonte Brice
Keene Thompson
Thomas J. Geraghty
StarringWallace Beery
Raymond Hatton
Louise Brooks
CinematographyHarry Perry
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • October 22, 1927 (1927-10-22)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)
Lobby card with Beery at right

Now We're in the Air is a 1927 American silent comedy film starring the late-1920s intermittent comedy team of Wallace Beery and Raymond Hatton, and Louise Brooks, who plays twins, one raised French, and the other raised German. The movie was directed by Frank R. Strayer.

Wallace Beery and Louise Brooks worked together the following year in Beggars of Life, a well-received early sound film. Hatton also sometimes appeared paired in films with Beery's brother Noah Beery.


Preservation status[edit]

Now We're in the Air was long believed to be a lost film. Three fragments were discovered in 2016 in a Czech archive; the surviving material was incomplete and badly deteriorated. In the end, approximately 23 minutes of the original 6 reel film was able to be preserved, including one scene in which Louise Brooks is seen is wearing a black tutu. The print was found in Prague at the Czech Národní filmový archiv (the Czech Republic’s National Film Archive) by film preservationist Robert Byrne. "When Byrne inspected the elements for Rif a Raf, Politi (the Czech title for Now We’re in the Air), he found the film had only partially survived in a state which also showed nitrate decomposition. Additionally, the surviving scenes were found to be out of order, and there were Czech-language titles in place of the original American titles. Byrne spent more than eight months reconstructing the surviving material, including restoring the film’s original English-language inter-titles and original tinting." [1]

The preserved print was shown for the first time at The San Francisco Silent Film Festival on June 2, 2017.[2]

See also[edit]



  • Brooks, Louise (1982). Lulu in Hollywood. Knopf. ISBN 0394-520718.
  • Gladysz, Thomas (2017). Now We're in the Air. PandorasBox Press. ISBN 978-0692976685.
  • Paris, Barry (1989). Louise Brooks. Knopf. ISBN 0394-559231.

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