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Half Way to Heaven (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 14 December 1929 (USA)
Nick, the "swing" man in a trapeze troupe, loves Greta Nelson, the girl in the act; and Tony, the "flyer," incurs his enmity as Greta seems to favor him; thus Nick fails to catch Tony, and ... See full summary »


George Abbott


George Abbott (adaptation), Henry Leyford Gates (novel) (as H.L. Gates) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Ned Lee
Jean Arthur ... Greta Nelson
Paul Lukas ... Nick Pogli
Helen Ware ... Madame Elsie
Oscar Apfel ... Circus Manager
Edna West Edna West ... Mrs. Lee
Irving Bacon ... Slim
Michael Stuart Michael Stuart ... Eric Lee (as Nestor Aber)
Al Hill ... Blackie
Lucille Williams Lucille Williams ... Doris
Richard K. French Richard K. French ... Klein
Freddy Anderson Freddy Anderson ... Tony
Ford West Ford West ... Stationmaster
Guy Oliver ... Farmer at Railroad Station


Nick, the "swing" man in a trapeze troupe, loves Greta Nelson, the girl in the act; and Tony, the "flyer," incurs his enmity as Greta seems to favor him; thus Nick fails to catch Tony, and Tony is killed. Ned Lee, a novice, reports for the next engagement. Meanwhile, Greta discovers that Nick purposely dropped Tony, and, frightened, she seeks refuge with Ned, with whom she falls in love. Greta remains with the act to protect Ned, and when the jealous Nick plots to kill him in a similar manner, Ned swings past him and hangs by his feet. After the show, a fight results in Nick's dismissal and the reunion of the lovers.

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Drama | Romance



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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by MCA ever since. See more »


Alternate-language version of Der Sprung ins Nichts (1932) See more »


Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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Early Jean Arthur Talkie
27 March 2011 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Odd little circus film about trapeze artists and obsessive love.

Jean Arthur stars as Greta, a trapeze star with a traveling circus. The act's "catcher" is the obsessive and mean Nick (Paul Lukas). After a terrible accident, Arthur decides to hide out at a train stop and miss the train. She ends up in a small town where she's taken in at a boarding house. She meets a young man (Buddy Rogers) who happens to running away to the circus. Despite this rather clunky plot twist, Arthur and Rogers are quite good together.

Back at the circus, Nick goes nuts when he realizes that Arthur and Rogers are in love. Nick plans for another accident but Rogers fools him in a neat twist.

Co-stars include Helen Ware as the "all-seeing" fortune teller, Edna West as the boarding house lady, Irving Bacon as Slim, Oscar Apfel as the circus manager, and Nestor Aber as the younger brother.

The trapeze shots are quite good. Worth seeing for Jean Arthur and Buddy Rogers.

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14 December 1929 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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