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The Air Hostess

The Air Hostess (1937) - A Color Rhapsody Theatrical Cartoon Series The Air Hostess

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  • A Color Rhapsody Theatrical Cartoon Series
  • Distributed by: Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Cartoon Characters: Stewardess.
  • Originally Released in 1937.
  • TechniColor (Three-Strip)
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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A Promising Misfire

Posted: May 01, 2011

A Promising Misfire

The promising idea of little kids running their own airline is shortcircuited early on when an adult woman is seen giving instructions to the little girl air hostesses (all the same blonde-haired apple-cheeked tots that was standard design in late 1930s Mintz cartoons). From then on its seems a cheapskate airline is cutting costs by hiring little kids and making them multitask. The little boy pilot (who doubles as crew and mechanic) spends much of the cartoon trying to rebuild the airplane, which is falling apart, so he can ferry his passengers to their destination. At one point he literally uses spit to reattach the propeller. To buy more time to make desperate repairs, he asks the little girl air hostess to distract the adult passengers. This leads to the funniest scene where the girl skips through the passenger cabin singing about the ecstacy of air flight while jumping over holes in the cabin's floor and staring over a separation in the fusilage. Whatever enjoymet derived from this toon is negated by a sour ending where, as the airplane falls completely apart on takeoff, a disgruntled passenger sitting in the wreckage throws a handful of grease into the face of the little girl air hostess, making her cry. You will never see this toon used as in-flight entertainment by any airline.

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