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From Hell to Heaven (1933)

The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways. .

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Erle C. Kenton
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Lombard ... Colly Tanner
Jack Oakie ... Charlie Bayne
Adrienne Ames ... Joan Burt
David Manners ... Wesley Burt
Sidney Blackmer ... Cuff Billings
Verna Hillie ... Sunny Lockwood
James Eagles James Eagles ... Tommy Tucker
Shirley Grey ... Winnie Lloyd
Bradley Page ... Jack Ruby
Walter Walker Walter Walker ... Pop Lockwood
Berton Churchill ... Toledo Jones
Donald Kerr Donald Kerr ... Steve Wells
Nydia Westman ... Sue Wells
Cecil Cunningham ... Mrs. Chadman
Thomas E. Jackson Thomas E. Jackson ... Detective Elmer Lynch
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The various residents and occupants of a resort hotel await the outcome of a horse race at a nearby track, as it will affect each of their lives in different ways. .

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hotel | horse | racing | based on play | See All (4) »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1933 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Vidas Cruzadas See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

Cliff Billings: [to Colly] I could never be sensible where you're concerned.
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Nova Scotia Moonlight
Written by Sam Coslow and Arthur Johnston
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Saddle Sores
19 August 2013 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

If a lot of people, from vastly different backgrounds, bet on different horses in the same race, most will be disappointed. All seem to have worthwhile motives and causes, and this makes it tough for the moviegoer watching "From Hell To Heaven" to pick a rooting interest throughout the film. They all come to the same hotel awaiting for the big race, hence the "Grand Hotel" type milieu.

Paramount assembled an impressive cast for this horse racing drama, most of whom are forgotten nowadays. Carole Lombard may be the most recognizable name, but she was still playing straight dramatic parts and not doing 'screwball' comedies yet. Jack Oakie is along for comic relief and brings his considerable energy as the track announcer. Also in the cast - and worthy of mention - are some long-ago stars, like Cecil Cunningham, who played parts later taken by Helen Broderick and Alice Brady, and Sidney Blackmer, who later played heavies. This is an old-fashioned track flick and fashionistas will get a kick out of the 30's outfits, while history buffs will take note of a time when bookmakers were legal and jockeys apparently could be switched overnight, before a big race.

"From Hell To Heaven" is an interesting and absorbing story which holds the viewers interest and keeps moving for its 70 minute length. There is some genuine suspense regarding the outcome of the big race, and the viewer can build up sympathy for several of the principals. This played at Capitolfest, Rome, NY, 8/13, and was shown in 35mm.


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