Half Way to Heaven (1929)

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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 »


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27 March 2011 | drednm
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| Early Jean Arthur Talkie
Odd little circus film about trapeze artists and obsessive love.

Jean Arthur stars as Greta, a trapeze star with a traveling circus. The act's "catcher" is the obsessive and mean Nick (Paul Lukas). After a terrible accident, Arthur decides to hide out at a train stop and miss the train. She ends up in a small town where she's taken in at a boarding house. She meets a young man (Buddy Rogers) who happens to running away to the circus. Despite this rather clunky plot twist, Arthur and Rogers are quite good together.

Back at the circus, Nick goes nuts when he realizes that Arthur and Rogers are in love. Nick plans for another accident but Rogers fools him in a neat twist.

Co-stars include Helen Ware as the "all-seeing" fortune teller, Edna West as the boarding house lady, Irving Bacon as Slim, Oscar Apfel as the circus manager, and Nestor Aber as the younger brother.

The trapeze shots are quite good. Worth seeing for Jean Arthur and Buddy Rogers.

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