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Director:
Writer:
Jules Furthman (screen play)
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Release Date:
15 May 1939 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
BIG As The Fog-Shrouded Andes! See more »
Plot:
At a remote South American trading port, the manager of an air freight company is forced to risk his pilots' lives in order to win an important contract. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Cary Grant ... Geoff Carter

Jean Arthur ... Bonnie Lee

Richard Barthelmess ... Bat Mac Pherson

Rita Hayworth ... Judy MacPherson

Thomas Mitchell ... Kid Dabb
Allyn Joslyn ... Les Peters
Sig Ruman ... Dutchy (as Sig Rumann)
Victor Kilian ... Sparks
John Carroll ... Gent Shelton

Don 'Red' Barry ... Tex (as Donald Barry)

Noah Beery Jr. ... Joe Souther
Manuel Álvarez Maciste ... The Singer (as Maciste)
Milisa Sierra ... Lily (as Milissa Sierra)
Lucio Villegas ... Doctor

Pat Flaherty ... Mike
Pedro Regas ... Pancho
Pat West ... Baldy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Acosta ... Tourist (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ... Tourist (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ... Assistant Purser (uncredited)
Dick Botiller ... Tourist (uncredited)
Stanley Brown ... Harkwright Jr. (uncredited)
Cecilia Callejo ... Felice Torras - Geoff's Lady Friend (uncredited)
Candy Candido ... Bass Player (uncredited)
Lew Davis ... Shorty - Mechanic (uncredited)
Vernon Dent ... Ship's Captain (uncredited)
Curley Dresden ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Elena Durán ... Elena Silva - Geoff's Lady Friend (uncredited)
Budd Fine ... First Mate on the Ship's Bridge (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Tex Higginson ... Foreman #2 (uncredited)
Raúl Lechuga ... Tourist (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Banana Foreman (uncredited)
Francisco Marán ... Plantation Overseer on Trolley (uncredited)
James Millican ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Charles R. Moore ... Charlie - Waiter (uncredited)
Forbes Murray ... Mr. Harkwright - Mine Operator (uncredited)
Tessie Murray ... Tourist (uncredited)
Aurora Navarro ... Tourist (uncredited)
Inez Palange ... Lily's Aunt (uncredited)
Ed Randolph ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Mechanic (uncredited)
Ky Robinson ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Robert Sterling ... Bit Role (uncredited)
Rafael Storm ... Rafael - Purser with the Scar (uncredited)
Sammee Tong ... Sam the Cook (uncredited)
Victor Travers ... Plantation Overseer (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by
Howard Hawks 
 
Writing credits
Jules Furthman (screen play)

Eleanore Griffin  contributor to treatment (uncredited)
Howard Hawks  story "Plane from Barranca" (uncredited)
William Rankin  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Howard Hawks .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Joseph Walker (photography)
 
Film Editing by
Viola Lawrence 
 
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
 
Makeup Department
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arthur S. Black Jr. .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam Nelson .... second unit director (uncredited)
Richard Rosson .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Chesley Bonestell .... background paintings (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Roy Davidson .... special effects
Edwin C. Hahn .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. .... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Paul Mantz .... chief stunt pilot (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Elmer Dyer .... aerial photographer
 
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Howard Jackson .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Alfred Newman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ben Oakland .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Louis Silvers .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Paul Mantz .... chief pilot
Paul Mantz .... technical adviser
 
Crew verified as complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings" - USA (complete title)
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Runtime:
121 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:G | Finland:K-16 | France:U (re-release) | Germany:6 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1939) | UK:A (original rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1992) | UK:U (passed with cuts) (1951) | USA:Approved (PCA #4942) | West Germany:16 | West Germany:12 (cut version)

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Trivia:
In the film's opening, the title is shown with double quotes and beginning with some sort of dash. This is inconsistent with the 1939 era advertising that took place for the film, such as the trailer video, in which the film's title did not include any punctuation.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the immediate aftermath of Joe's crash, distant shots show Bonnie with her left arm cocked at a right angle, but close shots show it limp at her side.See more »
Quotes:
Les Peters:[the other fliers won't drink with McPherson] Do you mind, Elena? We're going to move. Coming Geoff?
Geoff Carter:No, this is good enough for me.
Bat Kilgallen - MacPherson:Not so particular, huh?
Geoff Carter:I don't think even *you* can spoil good liquor.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in To Have and Have Not (1944)See more »
Soundtrack:
Some of These DaysSee more »

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23 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Start of the winning streak!, 23 January 2007
Author: jargonaut73

Howard Hawks is one of our finest and most underrated directors. I believe it was Leonard Maltin who stated that Hawks is "the best director you've never heard of". Meaning that Hawks is commonly not mentioned with the likes of Ford, Hitchcock and Welles. This is probably because Hawks usually made "popular" films that focused on dialogue, character development, and speed (whether action or comedy) to set himself apart. Hawks had complete confidence that the audience liked what he liked.....and most of the time he was right! Beginning in 1939 Hawks began a streak of hits that would continue into the early 50's. After making Bringing Up Baby (something of a flop...now a classic) Hawks departed RKO after being replaced as director of Gunga Din (whose story he had a big hand in developing) and made this film at Columbia. Hawks intention was to make a film about the daredevil attitudes and experiences of pilots flying the mail in South America. The safety conditions for these pilots are non-existent and as a result they live each day as though it was their last.

More than most movies this film is often pointed to as a summation of the "Hawksian" style. A group of men working closely to accomplish a common goal who are united by the dangers involved. These men are not "family men" or people with long term aspirations. They live in the moment and find their meaning through their comraderie and understated support of each other. As with most Hawksian dialogue (Jules Furthman would become a regular Hawksian writer after this one) it is understated and never overly emotional. The fun begins in Hawks films when a woman arrives who is often more than a match for the man she's in love with! (this pattern prevailed in the comedies as well).

In this film Cary Grant, who is one of the greatest "Hawksian" actors, plays Geoff the head of the air mail airline who has sworn off women because they just don't seem to deal with his dangerous lifestyle. Therefore Geoff deals with women in a very cavalier way. Jean Arthur is American woman who arrives and turns his world upside down. But this film is not just a romance. There are multiple relationships between the characters that keep the viewer engrossed. Thomas Mitchell is most intriguing as the "buddy" who has been with Geoff for a long time and is quite subtle in his dedication toward his friend. Richard Barthlemess is outstanding in a late career role as the pilot with a checkered past who has to win over the trust of the other flyer's. (he's already won over the trust of Rita Hayworth, which is nothing to sneeze at!)

Only Angels Have Wings is one of Hawks best, and perhaps most personal stories. Hawks claimed that it was one of his most "true" films in that he had been a flyer in World War I and was very interested in the dynamics between the early daredevils of aviation. The film moves along at a crisp pace and contains many tense, gripping scenes that keep the viewer entertained despite the Hawksian emphasis of character/dialogue over plot.

Angels was a huge hit for Hawks and was the beginning of his most successful decade in Hollywood. In terms of influence Hawks would give ANY golden age director a run for his money. Directors such as Quentin Tarantino, John Carpenter, and Martin Scorcese would agree! Hawks films are worth studying and "Only Angels have Wings" is a textbook sample. I highly recommend it! 10 Stars!!!!!!!!

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