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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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Lt. Foster 'Froggy' Kelley
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Mrs. Adams
Anderson Lawler ...
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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Bird of Prey  »

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Trivia

When Richard Dix runs from the gendarmes and finds Elizabeth Allen, one can briefly see the back wall of the sound stage. See more »

Goofs

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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Referenced in Stolen (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

(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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A Richard Dix Ace
22 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I never liked Richard Dix very much. He's just awful in the wonderful film, Cimarron, which earned him an Oscar nomination. Any other film I've seen in him seems to show him off as a hammy, middle-aged actor just going through the paces. But Ace of Aces was a slight surprise. This WW I story about a pacifist artist who joins up and become a bloodthirsty killer under the guise of being a flying "ace" seems like the kind of role he needed. In a way it's similar to the role of Yancy in Cimarron, but minus the "Wahoos" he lets out sporadically in that film. Plus in Cimarron Dix pales in comparison to the great performance turned in by Irene Dunne. In Ace of Aces, Dix is the star. No one else registers very strongly. Elizabeth Allan is the girl friend, Ralph Bellamy the commanding officer, Theodore Newton the best friend, Nella Walker the socialite, and the Stroud twins (Claude and Clarence) play fellow flyers. Not a great film by any means, but a solid story certainly helps. The aerial dogfights are good but not as good as in Hell's Angels. Check it out.


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