Come Fly with Me (film)

Come Fly with Me is a 1963 British comedy film about three beautiful international air hostesses looking for romance and excitement. The film has dramatic or soap opera elements to it, and was a vehicle for glamorizing the jet age and the prestige, adventure and romance that came with being an air hostess. It is based on Bernard Glemser's 1960 chick-lit novel Girl on a Wing,[1] which was published again in 1969 under the title The Fly Girls.

Come Fly with Me
Come Fly with Me FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byHenry Levin
Written byWilliam Roberts
Story byWilliam Roberts
Based onGirl on a Wing
by Bernard Glemser
Produced byAnatole de Grunwald
StarringDolores Hart
Hugh O'Brian
Karlheinz Böhm
Pamela Tiffin
Lois Nettleton
Dawn Addams
Karl Malden
CinematographyOswald Morris
Edited byFrank Clarke
Music byLyn Murray
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
27 March 1963
(United States)
18 April 1963
Running time
109 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

Directed by Henry Levin, the film stars Dolores Hart, Hugh O'Brian, Karlheinz Böhm, Pamela Tiffin, Karl Malden, and Lois Nettleton.


Three air hostesses, based in New York City, are working for the fictional airline Polar Atlantic Airways. The three make regular flights from New York City to Paris and Vienna. Along the way, air hostess Donna Stuart (Dolores Hart), meets Baron Franz Von Elzingen (Karlheinz Böhm), an impoverished Austrian baron who turns out to be a diamond smuggler. "Southern belle" Carol Brewster (Pamela Tiffin) develops a crush on the plane's First Officer Ray Winsley (Hugh O'Brian), who is having an affair with a married woman (Dawn Addams). The third air hostess, Hilda "Bergie" Bergstrom (Lois Nettleton), gets noticed by a multi-millionaire widower from Texas named Walter Lucas (Karl Malden).


Production notesEdit

Henry Levin was signed to direct in April 1962.[2]

The movie was known in production as Champagne Flight,[3] The Friendliest Girls in the World[4] and Girl on a Wing.[5]

The film was shot in Panavision and Metrocolor during 1962 in New York City, Paris, Versailles, Vienna, and the Woerther See with studio interiors shot at MGM British Studios in Borehamwood, England. The shoot took 12 weeks.[6]

It filmed at the same time as Follow the Boys.[4]

It premiered in the United States on 27 March 1963.

Glemsser wrote a follow-up novel in 1972, titled The Super-Jet Girls. It was not made into a film however.

Critical receptionEdit

Variety wrote upon the film's release, "Sometimes one performance can save a picture and in Come Fly with Me it's an engaging and infectious one by Pamela Tiffin. The production has other things going for it like an attractive cast, slick pictorial values and smart, stylish direction by Henry Levin, but at the base of all this sheer sheen lies a frail, frivolous and featherweight storyline that, in trying to take itself too seriously, flies into dramatic air pockets and crosscurrents that threaten to send the entire aircraft into a tailspin."[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Come Fly With Me". 31 December 1962.
  2. ^ Scheuer, Philip K. (3 April 1962). "'Pawnbroker' Will Be Steiger Vehicle: McGiver Back at Funmaking; Curious Case of Lotte Lenya". Los Angeles Times. p. C9.
  3. ^ Scott, J. L. (13 July 1962). "Teaming of schell MacLaine projected". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 168140911.
  4. ^ a b Scheuer, Philip K. (12 August 1962). "The Tea Break Notwithstanding, London Studios Humming". Los Angeles Times. p. A7.
  5. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (3 April 1962). "'Pawnbroker' will be steiger vehicle". Los Angeles Times. ProQuest 168113663.
  6. ^ "'Rome Adventure' Begins Multiple Engagement Soon". Los Angeles Times. 27 April 1962. p. C13.

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