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Ace of Aces (1933)

Passed  |   |  Drama, War  |  20 October 1933 (USA)
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A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change.

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Elizabeth Allan ...
Nancy Adams
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Capt. / Maj. Blake
Theodore Newton ...
Lt. Foster 'Froggy' Kelley
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Mrs. Adams
Anderson Lawler ...
2nd Lt. Tim Terry (as Anderson Lawlor)
Frank Conroy ...
Maj. / Lt. Col. Wentworth
Joe Sawyer ...
Capt. Daly (as Joe Sauers)
Arthur Jarrett ...
2nd Lt. James 'Jenny' Lind
Claude Gillingwater Jr. ...
1st Lt. Tommy Gray
Clarence Stroud ...
2nd Lt. Billy Winstead
Claude Stroud ...
2nd Lt. Carroll Winstead
Frank Clarke ...
German Cadet (as Frank Clark)
Helmut Gorin ...
German Cadet
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A sculptor who doesn't want to have any part of World War I is shamed by his girlfriend into joining the army. He becomes a fighter pilot, and undergoes a complete personality change. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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20 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Bird of Prey  »

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Some of the aerial scenes used were from Howard Hughes's Hell's Angels. See more »

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Even though the film takes place in 1917-1918, all of Elizabeth Allan's clothing and hairstyles are strictly early 1930s, the year the film was produced. See more »

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Nancy Adams: You've changed. You're so different. Is this what the war has done to you?
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Wasn't this what you wanted?
Nancy Adams: I didn't know. I spoke of the glory of war. I know now. The mud, the filth, the suffering, the agony, the poor, helpless, dying boys.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: It isn't muddy up where I am. When death comes, it comes swiftly and cleanly. Ah, it's a grand war. I only hope the next one is half as good. I used to think I could take clay and mold it into the semblance of a living thing. The closer it came to being alive, ...
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The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the marching army band
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Potent Anti-War Polemic
11 October 2003 | by (Forest Ranch, CA) – See all my reviews

A mild-mannered sculptor who hates war becomes the ACE OF ACES in World War One.

Although nearly forgotten for decades, this powerful little anti-war film packs a punch as it focuses on the young men of an American flying squadron stationed in France. Cynical & flippant, they know the odds are against them surviving the war and they each deal with that knowledge in their own way.

Richard Dix, an excellent actor who has become undeservedly obscure, gives a powerful performance as a pilot embittered by war's savagery yet delighting in his ability to kill. His reaction at finally meeting one of the Germans he has mortally wounded is only one moment which gives the actor much scope to display his craft. Lovely Elizabeth Allan portrays the weary front-line nurse, once Dix's fiancée, who brings some humanity back into his life.

Ralph Bellamy plays Dix's no-nonsense superior officer; Theodore Newton does well as Dix's barracks mate. Movie mavens will recognize an uncredited Grady Sutton as an excited house guest.

RKO has given the film fine production values, with the flying sequences especially well mounted. The movie is marred slightly by the ending, which is rather unbelievable considering the moments leading up to it. And whatever happened to the chimp & the lion?


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