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Release Date:
15 November 1930 (USA) See more »
Howard Hughes' Thrilling Multi-Million Dollar Air Spectacle See more »
Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Head In the Clouds See more (53 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Ben Lyon ... Monte Rutledge
James Hall ... Roy Rutledge

Jean Harlow ... Helen
John Darrow ... Karl Armstedt
Lucien Prival ... Baron Von Kranz
Frank Clarke ... Lt. von Bruen
Roy Wilson ... Baldy Maloney
Douglas Gilmore ... Capt. Redfield

Jane Winton ... Baroness Von Kranz
Evelyn Hall ... Lady Randolph
William B. Davidson ... Staff Major
Wyndham Standing ... RFC Squadron Commander
Lena Malena ... Gretchen - Waitress

Marian Marsh ... Girl Selling Kisses (as Marilyn Morgan)
Carl von Haartman ... Zeppelin Commander (as Carl Von Haartman)
Ferdinand Schumann-Heink ... First Officer of Zeppelin (as F. Schumann-Heink)
Stephen Carr ... Elliott
Thomas Carr ... Pilot
J. Granville-Davis ... Pilot
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Howard Batt ... Minor Role (uncredited)
George Berliner ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Bob Blair ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Eddie Brownell ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Nora Cecil ... Helen's Maid (uncredited)
Hank Coffin ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ross Cooke ... Pilot (uncredited)
Lawford Davidson ... British Officer Shot by Firing Squad (uncredited)
Jack Deery ... Splashed Officer (uncredited)
Lucy Doraine ... Bit Role (uncredited)
David Findlay ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Curt Furburg ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Frank Goddard ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Lisa Gora ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Douglas Gordon ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Owen Gorin ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat Harmon ... Recruiting Sergeant (uncredited)
Hans Joby ... Von Schlieben (uncredited)
Al Johnson ... Pilot (uncredited)
Morey Johnson ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Werner Klingler ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Burton Lane ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Al Lary ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Rene Marvelle ... French Girl (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Stewart Murphy ... Pilot (uncredited)
Leo Nomis ... Pilot (uncredited)
Ira Reed ... Pilot (uncredited)
Georgette Rhodes ... French Girl (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Anarchist (uncredited)
Ernie Smith ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Pat Somerset ... Marryat (uncredited)
Joan Standing ... Roy's Dancing Partner (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Bit Role (uncredited)
C.F. Sullivan ... Pilot (uncredited)
Gertrude Sutton ... Canteen Worker (uncredited)
Frank Tomick ... Pilot (uncredited)
Roscoe Turner ... Pilot (uncredited)
Wilhelm von Brincken ... Von Richter (uncredited)
Al Wilson ... Pilot (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hughes 
Edmund Goulding (uncredited)
James Whale (uncredited)
Writing credits
Marshall Neilan (story) and
Joseph Moncure March (story)

Howard Estabrook (adaptation and continuity) and
Harry Behn (adaptation and continuity)

Joseph Moncure March (dialogue written by)

Produced by
Howard Hughes .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Hugo Riesenfeld (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Elmer Dyer (photography)
Tony Gaudio (photography) (as Antonio Gaudio)
Harry Perry (photography)
E. Burton Steene (photography)
Dewey Wrigley (photography)
Harry Zech (photography)
Film Editing by
Douglass Biggs (edited by)
Frank Lawrence (edited by)
Perry Hollingsworth (uncredited)
Set Decoration by
Carroll Clark (settings)
Julian Boone Fleming (settings) (as Julian Boone-Fleming)
Costume Design by
Howard Greer (uncredited)
Production Management
Joseph W. Engel .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (uncredited)
William J. Scully .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound
Visual Effects by
Phil Jones .... smoke machine operator (uncredited)
Sterling Campbell .... aerial stunts supervisor (uncredited)
Frank Clarke .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Hank Coffin .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ross Cooke .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Garland Lincoln .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Paul Mantz .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Maurice Murphy .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Stewart Murphy .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Leo Nomis .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Glenn Odekirk .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Raymond Earl Pease Sr. .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Clement K. Phillips .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Ira Reed .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Jerry Thrall .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Frank Tomick .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roscoe Turner .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Al Wilson .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Roy Wilson .... stunt pilot (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Osmond Borradaile .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Charles P. Boyle .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jack Breamer .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward Colman .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Henry Cronjager Jr. .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Fred R. Eldridge .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jockey Arthur Feindel .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Pliny Goodfriend .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Jack Greenhalgh .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Roy Greiner .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Paul Ivano .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Glenn Kershner .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Donald Biddle Keyes .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Roy H. Klaffki .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward A. Kull .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Sam Landers .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Ernest Laszlo .... photographer: second unit (uncredited)
Jack MacKenzie .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Paul Perry .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Herman Schopp .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Cliff Shirpser .... assistant camera (uncredited)
John Silver .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Edward Snyder .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
William H. Tuers .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
L. Guy Wilky .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Alvin Wyckoff .... aerial photographer (uncredited)
Music Department
Hugo Riesenfeld .... musical arrangement
Other crew
J.B. Alexander .... chief of aeronautics
Roy Davidson .... technical engineer (as E. Roy Davidson)
Howard Hughes .... presenter
James Whale .... dialogue stager
Howard Estabrook .... continuity (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
127 min | Belgium:94 min | 96 min (re-release)
Black And White (tinted) (some sequences) | Color (Multicolor) (some sequences)
Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Argentina:13 | Brazil:14 | Finland:K-16 | Iceland:16 | Norway:16 | UK:A (original rating) (heavily cut) | UK:PG (video rating) (2005) (uncut) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:PG (re-release)

Did You Know?

Howard Hughes hired WWI aces to fly the planes but also flew one himself; he crashed shortly after his first takeoff and broke several bones.See more »
Monte Rutledge:Listen, Roy, never love a woman. Just make love to her.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in "Jeopardy!: Episode #22.19" (2005)See more »
Im Grunewald ist HolzauktionSee more »


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45 out of 53 people found the following review useful.
Head In the Clouds, 3 January 2003
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

Howard Hughes produced and directed (with a little help from Edmund Goulding and Howard Hawks) this 1930 aerial extravaganza, whose plot is both hackneyed and largely irrelevant, since one is merely waiting for the heavy melodrama to end so as to feast one's eyes on Jean Harlow and aerial combat scenes. The photography is magnificent, and one gets a kind of God's eye view of reenactments of World War I dogfights. The leading actors, Ben Lyon and James Hall, playing brothers, give such intense performances as to suggest at times that they are not merely emotionally but romantically attached to one another. Those old-fangled airplanes are something to see, as is a gigantic zeppelin, and the combat scenes, full of billowing clouds, the sky full of airplanes that resemble orange crates with wings, buzzing and whistling through the air like flies, are the stuff of dreams, and make this otherwise turgid movie come alive and live in one's mind long after it's over.

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