It’s in the Air

Date: 1938
Director: Anthony Kimmins
Production Company: Associated Talking Pictures (ATP)

Stars: George Formby, Polly Ward, Jack Hobbs, Julien Mitchell
Location(s): Hertfordshire, London, Middlesex

Region(s): ,

Storyline:

Rejected as an Air Raid Warden, George finds his way into the Royal Air Force and falls in love with the Sergeant Major’s daughter.

Additional Information:

Screen captures by Phil Wilkinson

Also know as ‘George Takes the Air’ (US Title)

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With sirens wailing in the background, loudspeakers on top of a car announce imminent start of a joint ARP and RAF air raid exercise. A matted studio shot to open the film.

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The film’s Brokey Row where George Brown returns to his sister Anne’s house after being rejected as an Air Raid Warden. Audley Road at the junction with The Ridings in Ealing W5.

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On leave from the RAF, Courier Bob Bullock arrives on his motorcycle combination to see his fiancé Anne before setting off to Cornwall to visit his parents. Audley Road on the Haymills Estate.

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When Bob leaves behind an important letter, Anne’s brother George dons his pal’s RAF uniform and sets off to deliver it to Sir Philip Bargrave. Inside the gates at Aldenham Lodge on Aldenham Road near Radlett in Hertfordshire.

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After knocking over the Groundsman, George brings the combination to an unsteady halt outside Bargrave Manor before entering the house. The 15th Century Aldenham House in Hertfordshire.

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Mistaken for a dispatch rider, George is ordered to take Commanding Officer Hill to Glenbridge Aerodrome. Aldenham House is featured in 'The Trials of Oscar Wilde', ‘Kill or Cure’, ‘Village of the Damned’ and ‘The Invasion Quartet’.

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When George says that he doesn't know the way, the Commanding Officer begins to give directions. Now The Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School, Aldenham House and grounds was a country club until the Second World War when it was requisitioned for use as an overseas broadcasting station.

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The shot follows George as he rides from Bargrave Manor. The Grade II* listed Aldenham House on Aldenham Road near Elstree in Hertfordshire.

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Not knowing his left from right, George almost steers the wrong way when they reach the main road. Facing Aldenham Lodge opposite Dagger Lane on Aldenham Road in Hertfordshire. The lodge makes an appearance in ‘Quatermass 2’ and ‘Kill or Cure’.

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Looking along Aldenham Road in the direction of Letchmore Heath from the junction with Dagger Lane.

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While continually heading off in the wrong direction, cars, farm vehicles and traction engines are narrowly avoided along country lanes.

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A marching column of men parts as George successfully delivers his passenger to fictional Glenbridge Aerodrome.

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Caught up in the routine of the base, George shouts to Peggy (Polly Ward) as she walks towards the path of a machine gun's fife. This appears to be the London Air Park in Feltham, Middlesex mentioned on Wikipedia with the spire of St. George’s church, Hanworth in the right distance. The plane on the left was owned by Flying Training Ltd of Feltham.

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The Sergeant Major (Julien Mitchell) drills his new recruits. The building is a set constructed at Ealing Studios, Ealing Green in London W5.

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George Brown (George Formby) joins the parade before pointing out that the Sergeant Major has torn his trousers. Moving right from the previous image, the arrangement of the pipework to the centre top place this as the dressing room block to the south of Stage 2 at Ealing Studios.

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Airmen practice for the arrival of Sir Philip the next day as George is told to wait for letters to carry back to headquarters.

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From a reverse point of view, this is looking towards the gateway of the aerodrome.

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Planes are wheeled out of their hangars as George and the rest of the men are briefed on the forthcoming flight.

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A plane flies overhead as Peggy tells George that his pal Bob Bullock has turned up at the aerodrome. London Air Park in Feltham with properties on Hounslow Road crossing the background.

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Corporal Craig (Jack Hobbs) prevents a nasty accident as George struggles with a bomb.

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Sir Philip Bargrave arrives at the aerodrome to inspect a new aircraft before George is mistaken for a pilot and takes to the air.

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Airmen dive for safety as George flies low over the airfield in the new plane. The matted shot is split at the line between the two floors of the right hand white building that continues across the hangar doors.

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George continues to cause mayhem as he swoops and dives over Glenbridge.

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Emergency crews are scrambled as George is instructed on how to land the aircraft.

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