This Is Heaven

This Is Heaven is a 1929 American pre-Code film directed by Alfred Santell and starring Vilma Bánky. It was produced by Samuel Goldwyn and released through United Artists.

This Is Heaven
Still with Fritzi Ridgeway and Vilma Banky
Directed byAlfred Santell
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Written byHope Loring (screenplay)
George Marion (dialogue)
Arthur Mantell
StarringVilma Bánky
Music byHugo Riesenfeld
CinematographyGeorge Barnes
Gregg Toland
Edited byViola Lawrence
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • June 22, 1929 (1929-06-22)
Running time
90 min. (sound)
7950 ft. (silent)
CountryUnited States


Vilma Banky portrays a newly arrived Hungarian immigrant who learns to accustom herself to the new and strange life she finds in New York City. 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

The 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, and 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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