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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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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

Lieutenant Thorne's pet lion in the film was based on two real lions who served as mascots for the Lafayette Escadrille, a squadron made up of American volunteers prior to the U.S. entering the war. The two lions were named "Whiskey" and "Soda." See more »

Goofs

A page-a-day calendar is used to show the passage of time, but the months are out of alignment. One sequence shows "September 16" and the next page is "October 17." This is repeated again seconds later, in reverse order, when it shows "October 25" followed by "September 26." See more »

Quotes

Maj.: [to Rocky] Don't let this first kill lull you into a false sense of security.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

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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