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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 ...
Maj. / Lt. Col. Wentworth
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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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Drama | War

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20 October 1933 (USA)  »

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Bird of Prey  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

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 »

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

The Stars and Stripes Forever
(1896) (uncredited)
Written by John Philip Sousa
Played by the marching army band
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this movie dares to be different and makes an excellent point
21 December 2005 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This movie, along with the similar EAGLE AND THE HAWK and ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, is an excellent anti-war film made during the 1930s. It's completely original and unusual enough to merit you watching it. So what's so unusual about it? Well, Richard Dix plays a pacifist who only reluctantly agrees to go to war. However, once he becomes a fighter pilot and gets a taste for blood, his personality changes dramatically. Gone is the decent soul who had once longed to become a famous sculptor and in its place was a man who lived to kill--enjoying every minute of it! While this certainly isn't true of everyone who goes to war, the notion that personalities can dramatically change thanks to the carnage is an excellent point to make indeed.


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