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Walking on Air

Released Sep 11, 1936 1h 10m Musical Comedy List
Reviews 33% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Headstrong Kit Bennett (Ann Sothern) is in love with a recently divorced man, but is forbidden to marry him by her father, who wants her to hold out for a better suitor. Kit, hoping to get even with her parents for interfering in her love life, hires Pete Quinlan (Gene Raymond) to impersonate a snooty French aristocrat come to woo her. Pete acts like a complete pompous fool, and the Bennetts are initially repulsed by his caricature, but pretend to like him when they discover Kit's ruse. Read More Read Less

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Audience Member ~~~A great classic movie! Sweet and funny!~~~ 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. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Headstrong Kit Bennett (Ann Sothern) is in love with a recently divorced man, but is forbidden to marry him by her father, who wants her to hold out for a better suitor. Kit, hoping to get even with her parents for interfering in her love life, hires Pete Quinlan (Gene Raymond) to impersonate a snooty French aristocrat come to woo her. Pete acts like a complete pompous fool, and the Bennetts are initially repulsed by his caricature, but pretend to like him when they discover Kit's ruse.
Director
Joseph Santley
Producer
Edward Kaufman
Screenwriter
Rian James, Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Viola Brothers Shore
Distributor
RKO Radio Pictures
Genre
Musical, Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Sep 11, 1936, Original
Runtime
1h 10m