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Hell in the Heavens (1934)

During World War I, an American pilot vows to bring down the German ace responsible for his friend's death.


John G. Blystone (as John Blystone)


Byron Morgan (screenplay), Ted Parsons (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Warner Baxter ... Lt. Steve Warner
Conchita Montenegro ... Aimee
Russell Hardie ... 2nd Lt. Hartley
Herbert Mundin ... Granny Biggs
Andy Devine ... Sgt. 'Ham' Davis
William Stelling ... Cpl. Teddy May
Ralph Morgan ... Lt. 'Pop' Roget
Vince Barnett ... Ace McGurk
William Stack William Stack ... Capt. Andre De Laage
J. Carrol Naish ... Sgt. Chevalier
Johnny Arthur ... Clarence Perkins
Arno Frey Arno Frey ... Baron Kurt von Hagen
Rudolph Anders Rudolph Anders ... Lt. Schroeder (as Rudolph Amendt)
Vincent Carato Vincent Carato ... Sgt. Cortez


During World War I, an American pilot vows to bring down the German ace responsible for his friend's death.

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world war one | based on play | See All (2) »


SENSATIONAL EPIC OF THE AIR (Print Ad- The Mercury, ((Hobart, Tasmania)) 17 August 1935)


Drama | War







Release Date:

12 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Ace See more »

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Production Co:

Fox Film Corporation See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Interesting to WW1 aviation aficionados
4 December 2016 | by DarrochSee all my reviews

"Hell in the Heavens" is generally a pretty good WW1 aviation melodrama. The main interest, for those who are fans of the genre, is that the script was co-written by Ted Parsons, one of the 38 members of the Lafayette Escadrille. He wrote an outstanding memoir of his time in WW1, "I Flew with the Lafayette Escadrille," and he served as historical consultant on "Hell in the Heavens." Therefore, some of the routine of squadron life and flying in this predictable melodrama ring true. There are some details that refer to the Lafayette Escadrille, though never by name, and the Sioux warrior escadrille logo is painted on the planes. There is also a "bottle of death."

The flying sequences are not terribly interesting, unfortunately, with the best footage taken from "Hells Angels." However, the performances by Warner Baxter and the alluring Conchita Montenegro (who co-starred in "Cisco Kid" a few years before) are good. Andy Devine is fun, as always. See the preceding review for a good synopsis.

This may be a hard film to track down -- I was given a bootleg -- but I hope someone will restore it. It's worthwhile.

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