9 February 2007 | greeneyednj
This Movie was shown on Turner Classics today!
This Movie, "Flying with Music" was shown on Turner Classics today! It was shown as part of "Movies nominated for Oscars" Month. My Tivo decided it was something I would want to watch...and BOY was my TIVO right! "Flying with Music" is just so bizarrely wonderful. There is something about Roach Studios Movies of the early 40s that captures an essence of the 40s that neither the Large Studios, nor the Poverty Row Studios ever really got. It is hard to put into words, but there is a "reaching" for quality above means, and from the looks of it, "Flying with Music" may have had the largest budget spent on a movie from this Studio.
Everyone sings, everyone dances...there is barely a breath taken between unfamiliar songs with a Latin Beat, or songs simply crooned in the best Bing Crosby manner. There is an endless Lagoon Number number featuring Tribal Beats and scantily clad dancers.
But what you really need to see is sequence with the Oscar nominated song "Pennies for Peppino". It comes out of nowhere, and if you didn't know that THIS is the Oscar nominated song from the movie, you may not give it much thought. A group of children see the cast in the back of a Cart being slowly pulled to town and begin to "beg" for Pennies to be thrown to them ...offering to sing, dance, stand on their heads just for "Pennies for Peppino".
There is just something about knowing that this little song, in this short sequence, in this "little " movie lost the 1942 Best Song Oscar to White Christmas gives it that tiny bit of majesty.