Tired of the dangerous life as gambling boss, Ace Corbin 'retires' from the racket and travels cross-country by train to begin a new life with a new name. On the train, he meets Eleanor and... See full summary »
In his dedicated pursuit of technology that will aid pilots to safely "fly blind" during adverse conditions, aerial innovator Ken Gordon is literally blinded in an accident, but this setback doesn't deter him from his goal.
Dr. Maurice Lamar is a noted plastic-surgeon who makes his rich clients beautiful, and also makes them. He makes Eve Caron, the wife of Marcel Caron, so satisfied with his skilled hands ... See full summary »
1863. Texas Ranger Todd Croyden and Union spy Whitney Randolph cross into Mexico to investigate a growing struggle for power between the French-supported Maximilian and the native-born ... See full summary »
The switchboard operator in an apartment building falls in love with a businessman who lives in the building, whom she has gotten to know only over the phone. When she discovers that the ... See full summary »
Edward Everett Horton
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 Universal ever since. Its earliest documented telecasts took place in Seattle Thursday 9 April 1959 on KIRO (Channel 7), and in Milwaukee Friday 10 April 1959 on WITI (Channel 6); in San Francisco it first aired 7 May 1959 on KPIX (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 20 July 1959 on WCAU (Channel 10), in Grand Rapids 9 September 1959 on WOOD (Channel 8), and in Toledo 21 December 1959 on WTOL (Channel 11). It was released on DVD 17 May 2012 by Turner Classic Movies as part of the Cary Grant: The Early Years Collection, on 4 June 2013 as part of Universal's War Collection, again as a single 27 September 2013 as part of the Universal MOD Collection, and again 19 April 2016 as one of 18 [Paramount] titles in Universal's Cary Grant: The Vault Collection; since that time, it has also enjoyed occasional airings on cable TV on Turner Classic Movies. See more »
At end, Jerry is referred to as a captain, but throughout the film he had two pips on his uniform which is the insignia for a first lieutenant. A captain is three pips and a major is a crown. See more »
This is a mostly forgotten film today, though it deserves to be seen. It bears a lot of similarity to the great All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) in that the film is meant to warn against the horrors of war instead of glamorize it.
Frederick March does an excellent job in portraying a troubled WW1 ace. Despite his success, he can't seem to forget that each victory equals him killing another human being. This inner turmoil continues throughout the film and climaxes when he is given yet another accolade.
I don't want to spoil the film by revealing what happens next. But, it came as a bit of a surprise! The ending clearly makes the movie.
By the way, the VCR box cover shows Cary Grant. Yes he was an important supporting actor in this movie, but considering March's performance, it is a darn shame they are trying to capitalize on Grant and not March.
PS--if you liked this film, try watching the hard to find ACE OF ACES, starring Richard Dix. It's very similar except that Dix is a pacifist who only reluctantly goes to war. Once he becomes a pilot, unlike March, he finds he LOVES killing and his personality changes dramatically! A truly unusual film.
17 of 18 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this