It's in the Air (1935)

Genres - Comedy  |   Run Time - 80 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Jack Benny is cast against type as a small-time con man in this lightweight MGM programmer. Whenever he manages to outsmart himself, Calvin (Benny) returns to his ever-patient wife Alice (Una Merkel) to bail him out. In dutch with the law again -- this time he's managed to offend the IRS! -- Calvin and his cohort McGurk (Ted Healy) try to make their escape in a stratospheric balloon. Incredibly, this impromptu flight results in a government contract to produce a whole fleet of similar balloons, which manages to rescue Calvin from the clutches of cloddish treasury agent Henry Potke (Nat Pendleton). Though it earned back its cost, It's in the Air was Jack Benny's final film for MGM.

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accident, agent [representative], balloon, chase, con/scam, crash, debt, ex-wife, fraud, hot-air-balloon, landing [plane], loot, love, marriage, romance, second-chance, seduction, taxes