Review: ‘Only Angels Have Wings’

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.

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

Only Angels Have Wings

Production

Columbia. Director Howard Hawks; Producer Howard Hawks; Screenplay Jules Furthman; Camera Joseph Walker, Elmer Dyer; Editor Viola Lawrence; Music Manuel Maciste, Dimitri Tiomkin

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1939. Running time: 120 MIN.

With

Cary Grant Jean Arthur Richard Barthelmess Rita Hayworth Thomas Mitchell Sig Ruman
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