Approved | | Documentary, Short, Sport
The Flying Codonas, fourth generation of a family of trapeze artists, practice and perform amazing feats high in the air. Close-up and slow motion photography show how it's done.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences, at its fifth annual awards ceremony in 1932, inaugurated awards for Short Subjects in three categories: Cartoon, Comedy and Novelty. This movie was originally declared the winner in the Novelty category. When producer Mack Sennett found out that his short Wrestling Swordfish (1931) had lost the Novelty Oscar to this film by only three votes, he protested, because under the Academy's rules then in effect, a three-vote spread was considered a tie. The Academy Executive Secretary ordered a new vote by the entire membership, and Sennett's short was declared the winner.
Individual members of the Codonas family are identified orally by the narrator.