Now We’re in the Air (fragment)
About the Film
“Wally and Ray are cousins intent upon getting the fortune of their Scotch grandad, an aviation nut. They become mixed-up with the U. S. flying corps and are wafted over the enemy lines in a runaway balloon. Through misunderstanding they are honored as heroes of the enemy forces, and sent back to the U. S. lines to spy. Here they are captured and almost shot, but everything ends happily.” Moving Picture World, 17 Dec 1927, p. 24.
About the Restoration
Now We’re in the Air was produced by Paramount Famous Lasky Corp. and released 22 October 1927. The original American length was six reels (1,767 meters). This restoration is based on the only known surviving element, an incomplete 35mm tinted nitrate print (552 meters) that includes portions of the original reels 2, 3, and 6. The print has Czech intertitles and is preserved at the Národní filmový archiv (National Film Archive) in Prague, Czech Republic. New English intertitles have been created for this restoration. The new titles are based on the original Paramount continuity script which is conserved at the Margaret Herrick Library. These new titles feature the same Paramount logo frame and use a typeface similar to the Czech titles they replace. The color tinting reproduces the original color scheme that is indicated in the script. Intervals of three seconds of black frames indicate the transition between each of the sections. This restoration was completed in May 2017 as a partnership between the Národní filmový archiv and the San Francisco Silent Film Festival.
Národní filmový archiv