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Half Way to Heaven (1929)

Nick, the "swing" man in a trapeze troupe, loves Greta Nelson, the girl in the act; and Tony, the "flyer," incurs his enmity as Greta seems to favor him; thus Nick fails to catch Tony, and ... See full summary »

Director:

George Abbott

Writers:

George Abbott (adaptation), Henry Leyford Gates (novel) (as H.L. Gates) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles 'Buddy' Rogers ... Ned Lee
Jean Arthur ... Greta Nelson
Paul Lukas ... Nick Pogli
Helen Ware ... Madame Elsie
Oscar Apfel ... Circus Manager
Edna West Edna West ... Mrs. Lee
Irving Bacon ... Slim
Michael Stuart Michael Stuart ... Eric Lee (as Nestor Aber)
Al Hill ... Blackie
Lucille Williams Lucille Williams ... Doris
Richard K. French Richard K. French ... Klein
Freddy Anderson Freddy Anderson ... Tony
Ford West Ford West ... Stationmaster
Guy Oliver ... Farmer at Railroad Station
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Storyline

Nick, the "swing" man in a trapeze troupe, loves Greta Nelson, the girl in the act; and Tony, the "flyer," incurs his enmity as Greta seems to favor him; thus Nick fails to catch Tony, and Tony is killed. Ned Lee, a novice, reports for the next engagement. Meanwhile, Greta discovers that Nick purposely dropped Tony, and, frightened, she seeks refuge with Ned, with whom she falls in love. Greta remains with the act to protect Ned, and when the jealous Nick plots to kill him in a similar manner, Ned swings past him and hangs by his feet. After the show, a fight results in Nick's dismissal and the reunion of the lovers.

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Taglines:

"Young America's Boy-Friend" as you like him! (Print Ad- Nashua Telegraph, ((Nashua, NH)) 6 December 1929) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 December 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Half Way to Heaven See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (MovieTone)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 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 MCA ever since. See more »

Connections

Alternate-language version of À mi-chemin du ciel (1931) See more »

Soundtracks

Louise
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Lyrics by Leo Robin
Music by Richard A. Whiting
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'Buddy" Rogers stands his ground and masters flying...
25 July 2002 | by arthurswardSee all my reviews

In what was probably a quickie timed to beat Fox's 'Four Devils' into the theatres, writer/director George Abbott fashions his best effort. With F. W. Murneau's highly anticipated follow-up to 'Sunrise' in production simultaneously, much of the camera movement in this trapeze artist talker is owed to the prestige oozing from down the street. The film opens with a horrible accident, splendidly photographed. Soon after, the heroine (and the audience) discover the truth, but all involved seem powerless to bring the truth to light. Then, Charles 'Buddy' Rogers arrives, and in a plot twist untypical for this era, he remains resolute in his beliefs. His character's strengths steal the film. I won't spoil the fun, but Paul Lukas does a dead-on Bela Lugosi impression throughout the film. And 'Buddy' didn't even need his 'Wings'.


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