In Only Angels Have Wings, Howard Hawks had a story to tell and he has done it inspiringly well. Cary Grant is boss of the kindly Dutchman’s decrepit airline. Grant takes up the planes only when it’s too hazardous for the others. If the Dutchman can fly the mails regularly he’s set for a juicy contract.
Jean Arthur is an American showgirl en route to Panama. She’s excellent for the assignment.
Sub-plot has Richard Barthelmess coming on the scene with Rita Hayworth as his wife.
Baranca is the basic setting of this sub-tropical aviation romance [from an original story by Hawks] where treacherous mountain crags, capricious rainstorms and the like do their utmost to worst the mail plane service.
The Grant-Arthur cynicism and unyielding romantics are kept at a high standard.
1939: Nomination: Best Special Effects