The Aviator is a remake of the silent comedy The Hottentot, filmed only two years earlier. Edward Everett Horton stars as Robert Street, who poses as an aviator to save a press-agent pal from losing his job. Enter heroine Grace Douglas (Patsy Ruth Miller), who's simply ca-razzzy about airplane jockeys. Forced to keep up his charade, Robert manages to talk his way out of several tight situations but ultimately finds himself climbing into the cockpit of a plane. The ensuing wild ride through the air is the best part of the picture, with Robert trying to maintain his equilibrium and dignity throughout. Based on a play by James Montgomery, The Aviator would be filmed again in 1931 as the Joe E. Brown vehicle Going Wild.
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