7.3/10
39
2 user 1 critic

Cock of the Air (1932)

An opera diva sets her sights on a womanizing army officer.

Director:

Tom Buckingham
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Sky Devils (1932)
Certificate: Passed Action | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Wilkie and Mitchell, trying to desert their draft into the army, stow away on a ship which takes them into the war zone. While AWOL, the rivals for Mary's affections accidently destroy an ... See full summary »

Director: A. Edward Sutherland
Stars: Spencer Tracy, William 'Stage' Boyd, George Cooper
Vendetta (1950)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

The daughter of a slain man pushes her brother toward vengeance in 19th-century Corsica.

Directors: Mel Ferrer, Stuart Heisler, and 3 more credits »
Stars: Faith Domergue, George Dolenz, Donald Buka
Son of Sinbad (1955)
Action | Adventure | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Legendary pirate and adventurer Sinbad is in single-minded pursuit of two things: beautiful women and a substance called Greek Fire--an early version of gunpowder.

Director: Ted Tetzlaff
Stars: Dale Robertson, Vincent Price, Sally Forrest
The Outlaw (1943)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Western legends Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday and Billy the Kid are played against each other over the law and the attentions of vivacious country vixen Rio McDonald.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Howard Hawks
Stars: Jack Buetel, Thomas Mitchell, Jane Russell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A wife does not want children, her husband leaves her and marries a woman who does.

Director: Frank Lloyd
Stars: Billie Dove, Charles Starrett, Lois Wilson
Hell's Angels (1930)
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Brothers Monte and Ray leave Oxford to join the Royal Flying Corps. Ray loves Helen; Helen enjoys an affair with Monte; before they leave on their mission over Germany they find her in still another man's arms.

Directors: Howard Hughes, Edmund Goulding, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ben Lyon, James Hall, Jean Harlow
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

In Japan, foreigners and their Japanese friends are caught up in the rising tide of militarism.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Margo, Tom Neal, J. Carrol Naish
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

An investigative reporter sees an opportunity for the story of a lifetime when an accused murderer escapes hanging.

Director: Lewis Milestone
Stars: Adolphe Menjou, Pat O'Brien, Mary Brian
Jet Pilot (1957)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Air Force Colonel Jim Shannon is tasked to escort a defecting Soviet pilot who is scheming to lure Shannon to the USSR.

Director: Josef von Sternberg
Stars: John Wayne, Janet Leigh, Jay C. Flippen
Action | Crime | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A deported gangster's plan to re-enter the USA involves skulduggery at a Mexican resort, and gambler Dan Milner is caught in the middle.

Directors: John Farrow, Richard Fleischer
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jane Russell, Vincent Price
Scarface (1932)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

An ambitious and nearly insane violent gangster climbs the ladder of success in the mob, but his weaknesses prove to be his downfall.

Directors: Howard Hawks, Richard Rosson
Stars: Paul Muni, Ann Dvorak, Karen Morley
Underwater! (1955)
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Two scuba divers find a shipwreck which may contain undiscovered treasure, however, their attempt to salvage it is threatened by scavengers.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Jane Russell, Gilbert Roland, Richard Egan
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Chester Morris ... Lt. Roger Craig
Billie Dove ... Lilli de Rosseau
Matt Moore ... Terry
Walter Catlett ... Col. Wallace
Luis Alberni ... Capt. Tonnino
Kathryn Sergava ... Italian Girl #1 (as Katya Sergeiva)
Yola d'Avril ... Italian Girl #2
Vivien Oakland ... Irate Woman in Restaurant
Emile Chautard ... French Ambassador
Ethel Kenyon Ethel Kenyon ... Lilli's Companion (as Ethel Sutherland)
Peggy Watts Peggy Watts ... Lilli's Maid
Edit

Storyline

An opera diva sets her sights on a womanizing army officer.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy

Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 January 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ask Melikesi See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Caddo Company See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This film is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-46. Because of poor documentation (feature films were often not identified by title in conventional sources), no record has yet been found of its initial television broadcast. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Howard Hughes: The Man and the Madness (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Puppets on Parade
Lyrics by David Silverstein and Bernie Grossman
Music by Alfred Newman
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Restored
2 November 2016 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

I just came from the Museum of Modern Art in which this movie was shown in its original, uncensored form -- almost. When they went to reinsert the censored sections, the restoration team found the sound track was missing -- so they rerecorded it. They did a good job of it, since the only way I noticed the reinterpolation was that a little icon appeared in the lower right corner of the screen. Image quality was great, and they made the soundtrack indistinguishable from the rest, adding a low-level white noise that mimicked the standards of the era.

The opening was also fine, with a bunch of elderly diplomats asking Billie Dove to get out of town; it seems that all the Allied officers are hanging around her instead of leading their soldiers to glorious death in the field. When we next see Miss Dove, she is in Venice during Carnival, and that sequence is beautifully shot with a gorgeous moving camera that makes you think it is traveling throughout the Serene City. There she meets Chester Morris....

...And there the movie falls to pieces. With Robert E. Sherwood and Charles Lederer as the writers, I went in expecting some great Pre-Code dialogue. Unfortunately, what we got was dialogue offered uninterestingly amidst a story line that veered between scenes lifted, for no reason, from other movies, like an aerial sequence, and plot points that were both predictable and uninterestingly presented.

While the money spent on this movie shows at all time on the screen, from the high-ceiling conference room to the magnificent garden of Miss Dove's palazzo, after the wonderful opening, this one turns into dull mediocrity.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 2 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed