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Ace of Aces (1933)

Passed | | Drama, War | 20 October 1933 (USA)
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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Nancy Adams
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Capt. / Maj. Blake
Theodore Newton ...
Lt. Foster 'Froggy' Kelley
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Mrs. Adams
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2nd Lt. Tim Terry (as Anderson Lawlor)
Frank Conroy ...
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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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Trivia

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

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When Rocky meets Nancy in Paris he boasts of his 33 victories. Three days later, back at the squadron, he has 41. Somebody didn't read the script very closely. See more »

Quotes

2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: [looking at medals] For the glory of my country. Tell me, Nancy: are these worth forty-two dead men? Are they worth one dead man?
Nancy Adams: Oh, Rocky.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: I knew the answer once. I was sure of it. Why did I forget?
Nancy Adams: We all forgot it, Rocky.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Most of us never knew. We never realized. But I thought I did. And then I forgot--forgot everything in the game of killing.
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Edited from Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

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(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played by the marching army band
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Blood in the Air
27 June 2015 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Idealistic young sculptor Richard Dix (as Rex "Rocky" Thorne) decides not to enlist when President Woodrow Wilson calls for US soldiers to enter the Great War (aka World War I). A pacifist, Mr. Dix explains, "I just don't like the idea of killing my fellow man." His pretty Boston fiancée Elizabeth Allan (as Nancy Adams) calls Dix a coward and joins the war effort as a nurse. Suddenly ashamed, Dix enlists as a fighter pilot. On his first day with the squadron, in France, Dix is sent out on a mission. At first he is unable to kill his fellow man. But, when shot at, Dix turns into the Germans' worst nightmare, killing them at breakneck speed. Soon, Dix holds the record for the most kills...

During the heat of battle, Dix and Ms. Allan find their views on war have evolved...

This is a fine 1930s (anti-) war film, with exciting airborne battle scenes. The photography, by Henry Cronjager and Vernon Walker, is a highlight. In the leading role, Dix seems miscast, however. Many older men enlisted in both World Wars, but he appears too old for the role. The script might have been altered to include some mention of him getting a late start in marriage and claiming to be "too old for war." Even then, the part probably should have been played by a more delicate actor. Best supporting player is Theodore Newton (as Foster 'Frogy' Kelley). His first scene, introducing Dix to the squadron, is so good you can almost hear director J Walter Ruben yell, "Cut, print!" Yes, he nailed it.

****** Ace of Aces (1933-10-20) J. Walter Ruben ~ Richard Dix, Elizabeth Allan, Theodore Newton, Ralph Bellamy


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