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Only Angels Have Wings
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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)
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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
 
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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:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 29, 1939 with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Rita Hayworth reprising their film roles.See more »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Geoff is accidentally shot, in the excitement of the moment, various characters refer to "Papa" and "Kid" interchangeably.See more »
Quotes:
Kid Dabb:[watching Geoff try to land a damaged plane] He's gonna try to land!
Mike:He can't make it.
Les Peters:Not with that tail all smashed up. Not in a million years.
Kid Dabb:Get set for the crash, Mike!
Bonnie Lee:Why doesn't he jump?
Kid Dabb:Why? Why should he? He's made of rubber, he is. He wants to hit the ground to see how high he can bounce!
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Movie Connections:
Version of Air Mail (1932)See more »
Soundtrack:
Some of These DaysSee more »

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9 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
High flying, adored, 5 June 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Great flying sequences, some marvelous special effects, and a great cast are the highlights of "Only Angels Have Wings," directed by Howard Hawks and starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, and Rita Hayworth. You will also see a youthful Noah Berry, Jr., as well as Allyn Joslyn, Victor Kilian, and Sig Ruman.

"Only Angels Have Wings" is the story of mail carriers who fly often in bad conditions through a perilous mountain pass. They thrive on the excitement and danger. Their boss is Geoff Carter (Cary Grant). Jean Arthur is Bonnie Lee, a chorus girl passing through who decides she can't leave - like a lot of women in the past, she's falling for Carter. One woman who fell for him turns up as the wife (Hayworth) of a new pilot (Barthelmess) who once parachuted out of a plane and left Kid Dabb's (Thomas Mitchell) brother to die. With fliers out of commission or dead, Carter has to use him, but warns him he's only getting the most dangerous missions.

This is a testosterone-heavy movie, very much the kind of thing John Wayne would do. The romantic part of the story, between Carter and Bonnie Lee is lethargic, with fine actress Jean Arthur left standing around worrying. Hayworth, with a decidedly different hairline, has a small but showy role. The meaty roles belong to the men. Grant is terrific as a devil-may-care boss who hides his emotions, and Barthelmess, who would retire after World War II and end his long career, is very good as the disgraced pilot in a role that suited him perfectly. Underplayed, one sees the pain of his past decision on his face. Thomas Mitchell played so many great roles - this time, he's a pilot who has to face his anger as well as a physical problem. Very poignant.

Though a little disjointed and a little too long, "Only Angels Have Wings" has great atmosphere and some spectacular flying sequences and effects. Released in that golden year of 1939, it's another example of Hollywood at its apex.

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