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A two-fisted adventure tale set in South America, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS stars Cary Grant as the tough-talking head of an air freight service operating in the dangerous Andes Mountains. Jean Arthur co-stars as a vacationing showgirl competing with Rita Hayworth for Grant's affections. A potent combination of humor, romance and action, the film was directed by Howard Hawks, the legendary director responsible for Red River, His Girl Friday, Bringing Up Baby, and the original Scarface. A triumph of casting, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS is one of the best examples of Columbia chief Harry Cohn's skill in developing talent. Cary Grant had just been released from his contract with Fox when Cohn, sensingthat the handsome leading man was poised for stardom, turned him into Columbia's most durable star.Jean Arthur was an unexpected veteran of 50 films before Cohn "discovered" something in her that previous studios had overlooked. Teaming her with director Frank Capra, he created one of the finest come
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Thomas Mitchel on the other hand practically saved the film from miscast hell.
So yeah, a feast for the eyes, but highly impractical on the psychological reality realm.
Still, a classic by sheer dint of age. Even with all these complaints.
Directed by Howard Hawks
While waiting for her boat, Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) stops at a small airport in South America. The pilots there deliver mail over a dangerous and usually foggy mountain pass. Geoff Carter (Cary Grant), the lead flyer, seems distant and cold as Bonnie tries to get closer to him. Things heat up as Judy MacPherson (Rita Hayworth), Geoff's old flame, shows up with her husband Bat MacPherson (Richard Barthelmess) who is an infamous pilot.
Scripted by Jules Furthman from a story by Hawks, 'Only Angels Have Wings' is a treasure trove of terse, pithy dialogue: one favorite scene occurs when, upon discovering that he's about to die, Thomas Mitchell says he's often wondered how he'd react to imminent death-and, now that death is but a few moments away, he'd rather that no one else be around to witness his reaction.
Good score by the great composer Dimitri Tiomkin.
Special footnote: ~ Howard Hawks remembers: "When the movie was released a certain critic said 'It's the only picture Hawks ever made that didn't have any truth in it.' I wrote him a letter and said, 'Every blooming thing in that movie was true.' I knew the men that were in it and everything about it. But it was just where truth was stranger than fiction."
1. Howard Hawks (Director)
Date of Birth: 30 May 1896 - Goshen, Indiana
Date of Death: 26 December 1977 - Palm Springs, California
2. Cary Grant [aka: Archibald Alexander Leach]
Date of Birth: 18 January 1904 - Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Date of Death: 29 November 1986 - Davenport, Iowa
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I love this movie because everyone stepped back and let the story shine - this is not a Cary Grant or Jean Arthur vehicle, or a Howard-Hawks-wants-to-win-the-Oscar-so-we-made-it movie. This is genuinely good story told by brilliant actors and good direction, no tag lines required.
The story is simple. Barranca station has to delivery mail on time for 6 months so that they qualify to get THE contract that will bring in the money and equipment to solve everyone's problem; and reduce the death rate of the pilots. So every character contributed into this goal, and in turn jeopardised it with seemingly irrelevant personal crisis.
I once read a comment made by one of the actresses who worked with Cary Grant. She states that she believes that Cary Grant was never recognised by the Academy Awards because he is more concerned about overall good of the picture than whether his own acting would please the critics and academy. In "Only Angel Have Wings", everyone truly took to this idea and hats off to all of them for being the professional that we so seldom see today!
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A tightly directed (Howard Hawks) and enjoyable movie about the early days of aviation with great performances by Cary Grant and Jean Arthur.Published 2 months ago by Robert R Grand
I wanted to like this movie, but I thought it was so dated as to just about cancel out the strong story line and how the story was crafted into a movie. Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by C. O. DeRiemer
Format: Black & White
Studio: Columbia/Tristar Studios
Video Release Date: February 5, 1992
Cary Grant ... Geoff Carter
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When we shuffle off to that fabled desert island I'll let you take CASABLANCA or CITIZEN KANE or any other Greatest American Film you care to name - I'll take ONLY ANGELS HAVE... Read morePublished on May 9 2004 by Steven Hellerstedt
Only Angels Have Wings is a perfect example of an often ignored, but excellent, classic movie. Directed by Howard Hawks, and with a great cast, Only Angels Have Wings is half... Read morePublished on July 6 2002 by ehakus
This is yet another great movie from the remarkable year, 1939. I've always been curious as to what plateau the movies would have wound up on had it not been for the devastating... Read morePublished on March 23 2002 by Matthew Horner
This was the second dvd I bought ever and one of my favorites along with "Arsenic and Old Lace", also starring Cary Grant, but a whole different stuff. Read morePublished on Jan. 24 2002 by Fernando Silva
Simply one of the best films ever, and displays why Howard Hawks is one of the all time masters of the medium.Published on July 18 2001
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