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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.


J. Walter Ruben


John Monk Saunders (screen play), H.W. Hanemann (screen play) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Richard Dix ... 2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne
Elizabeth Allan ... Nancy Adams
Ralph Bellamy ... Capt. / Maj. Blake
Theodore Newton ... Lt. Foster 'Froggy' Kelley
Nella Walker ... Mrs. Adams
Anderson Lawler ... 2nd Lt. Tim Terry (as Anderson Lawlor)
Frank Conroy ... Maj. / Lt. Col. Wentworth
Joe Sawyer ... Capt. Daly (as Joe Sauers)
Arthur Jarrett ... 2nd Lt. James 'Jenny' Lind
Claude Gillingwater Jr. Claude Gillingwater Jr. ... 1st Lt. Tommy Gray
Clarence Stroud ... 2nd Lt. Billy Winstead
Claude Stroud ... 2nd Lt. Carroll Winstead
Frank Clarke Frank Clarke ... German Cadet (as Frank Clark)
Helmut Gorin Helmut Gorin ... German Cadet


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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TRAINED TO KILL!..A SERVANT TO THE GREEDY GODS OF WAR! THEY CALLED IT WAR! HE CALLED IT MURDER! (Print Ad- Lewiston Morning Tribune, ((Lewiston, Idaho)) 13 April 1934) See more »


Drama | War


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Did You Know?


Several times the Americans refer to their German opponents as 'heinies.' This was a derogatory term, short for "Heinrich." See more »


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 »


Lt. Foster 'Froggy' Kelley: Here today, hero tomorrow.
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Referenced in Stolen (2009) See more »


I Didn't Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by Al Piantadosi
Lyrics by Al Bryan
Played on guitar and sung by Arthur Jarrett
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this movie dares to be different and makes an excellent point
21 December 2005 | by MartinHaferSee 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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Release Date:

20 October 1933 (USA) See more »

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Bird of Prey See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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