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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.

Director:

J. Walter Ruben

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bird of Prey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Feature film debut of William Cagney, brother of James Cagney. 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

Nancy Adams: You've changed. You're so different. Is this what the war has done to you?
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: Wasn't this what you wanted?
Nancy Adams: I didn't know. I spoke of the glory of war. I know now. The mud, the filth, the suffering, the agony, the poor, helpless, dying boys.
2nd Lt. Rex 'Rocky' Thorne: It isn't muddy up where I am. When death comes, it comes swiftly and cleanly. Ah, it's a grand war. I only hope the next one is half as good. I used to think I could take clay and mold it into the semblance of a living thing. The closer it came to being alive, ...
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Connections

Edited from Hell's Angels (1930) See more »

Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
(1860) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played by the marching army band
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A Taste For War
24 October 2018 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ace Of Aces casts Richard Dix as a sculptor who is determined just not to get involved in the war even after the USA enters. But those were jingoistic years and when his own girlfriend Elizabeth Allan shames him into it he joins the Army and gets into the new Army Air Corps.

Once he's involved Dix discovers he has a taste for war and gets real good at combat flying. Others who aren't as good get dead and soon. But he's taken up by the media and is soon like Eddie Rickenbacker, the Ace Of Aces. And Elizabeth Allan does not like what she sees when she visits the front doing war work.

Dix gives a fine performance, one of the best I've seen in his talkie period. Very good use is made of the combat footage. It might very well have been outtakes from Howard Hughes's Hell's Angels or Paramount's Wings instead of the real deal or a combination. Still it's effectively added in.

Kudos also go to Ralph Bellamy as Dix's immediate superior who doesn't like him and has him figured out very well. One big flaw is the film has an obviously tacked on ending.

Ace Of Aces still holds up well after eight decades and ranks up high with aviation themed films.


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