This Is Heaven

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This Is Heaven
Directed by Alfred Santell
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Written by Hope Loring (screenplay)
George Marion (dialogue)
Arthur Mantell
Starring Vilma Bánky
Music by Hugo Riesenfeld
Cinematography George Barnes
Gregg Toland
Edited by Viola Lawrence
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • June 22, 1929 (1929-06-22)
Running time
90 min. (sound)
7950 ft. (silent)
Country United States
Language English

This Is Heaven (1929) is an American Pre-Code film, produced by Samuel Goldwyn, released through United Artists, and directed by Alfred Santell.


Vilma Banky portrays a newly arrived Hungarian immigrant who learns to accustom herself to the new and strange life she finds in New York. The story gave Miss Banky moments of comedy and pathos. First seen as a frightened little peasant muffled in countless petticoats and shawls --- then in a neat waitress's uniform as she flips hotcakes in a restaurant window.

Production background[edit]

This film was released in both silent and sound versions.[1]

Uncertain about the future of sound films, believing that his product should either be all-talking or all-silent. With Vilma Bánky less than diligent about her vocal lessons, Goldwyn inserted three talking sequences into this silent picture then sat on the film for several months. His instincts proved correct: the box office didn't like it much either.[2] Bánky would make only three more films.


In a review in the St. Louis Star, published July 1, 1929, it was declared that "Vilma's voice pleases, though it is less lovely than her blonde profile. Vilma's heaven is the tiny apartment the immigrant girl is getting in marrying James Hall, supposed chauffeur. The chauffeur is a millionaire....Best shots are the Ellis Island episodes.



  1. ^ SilentEra entry
  2. ^ Goldwyn: A Biography, A. Scott Berg

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