Behind the scenes of the famous Jive scenes in the movie Airplane!

It’s an iconic scene in the movie Airplane! Two gentlemen start speaking in a nonsensical language, known as “Jive.” After a brief bit, one of the men comes down with a stomach ailment, to which another nearby passenger offers to assist by translating for the stewardess. It’s a hilarious few moments, and one of the funniest scenes in the movie.

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There’s an interesting behind the scenes looking at the making of “Jive talk” with commentary from the directors and the actors themselves.

They wanted jive as a language, which it is not. Jive is only a word here or a phrase there.

Barbara Billingsley, another actor in the film who makes a brief appearance during the Jive dialogue set also has her own interview describing the scene.

My part wasn’t written. It just said I talked jive. I met the producer and I said I would do it. I met the two black fellows that taught me jive. … It wasn’t hard for me to learn.

It’s a cool behind the scenes look at the making of Airplane! If you’ve seen the movie before, this is sure to put a smile on your face!


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