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From Hell to Heaven (1933)

The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways. .

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Colly Tanner
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Charlie Bayne
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Joan Burt
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Wesley Burt
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Cliff Billings
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Sonnie Lockwood
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Tommy Tucker
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Winnie Lloyd
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Walter Walker ...
Pop Lockwood
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Toledo Jones
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Steve Wells
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Sue Wells
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Mrs. Chadman
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Detective Elmer Lynch
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The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways. .

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24 February 1933 (USA)  »

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Vidas Cruzadas  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Paramount's response to MGM's highly successful Grand Hotel (1932) See more »

Quotes

Cliff Billings: [to Colly] I could never be sensible where you're concerned.
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Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyrics by Leo Robin
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Saddle Sores
19 August 2013 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

If a lot of people, from vastly different backgrounds, bet on different horses in the same race, most will be disappointed. All seem to have worthwhile motives and causes, and this makes it tough for the moviegoer watching "From Hell To Heaven" to pick a rooting interest throughout the film. They all come to the same hotel awaiting for the big race, hence the "Grand Hotel" type milieu.

Paramount assembled an impressive cast for this horse racing drama, most of whom are forgotten nowadays. Carole Lombard may be the most recognizable name, but she was still playing straight dramatic parts and not doing 'screwball' comedies yet. Jack Oakie is along for comic relief and brings his considerable energy as the track announcer. Also in the cast - and worthy of mention - are some long-ago stars, like Cecil Cunningham, who played parts later taken by Helen Broderick and Alice Brady, and Sidney Blackmer, who later played heavies. This is an old-fashioned track flick and fashionistas will get a kick out of the 30's outfits, while history buffs will take note of a time when bookmakers were legal and jockeys apparently could be switched overnight, before a big race.

"From Hell To Heaven" is an interesting and absorbing story which holds the viewers interest and keeps moving for its 70 minute length. There is some genuine suspense regarding the outcome of the big race, and the viewer can build up sympathy for several of the principals. This played at Capitolfest, Rome, NY, 8/13, and was shown in 35mm.


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