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Director:
Writer:
Jules Furthman (screen play)
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Release Date:
15 May 1939 (USA) See more »
Genre:
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 »
User Reviews:
Airplane Wings Are More Brittle Than Angel's See more (62 total) »

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:
Howard Hawks remembered that 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."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:
Geoff Carter:Did you ever hear of the word "trust"?
Judith 'Judy' MacPherson:I did once, but I forgot it.
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Movie Connections:
References The Last Flight (1931)See more »
Soundtrack:
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20 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Airplane Wings Are More Brittle Than Angel's, 22 January 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The best film that Howard Hawks's Only Angels Have Wings can be compared to is Hawks's own Ceiling Zero. The former was adapted from the stage play by Spig Wead and for whatever reason Warner Brothers did not put in the kind of production values the A list cast from that film should have warranted. In my review for IMDb I said it was a photographed stage play.

Hawks seems to have made the corrections for the deficiencies of Ceiling Zero in this film. First of all he wrote the story for Only Angels Have Wings and made sure to put in enough action and he took the action away from the control room of that small airline in an unnamed South American country. He also cast the leads against type, Cary Grant as a cynical, existential Bogart like hero and Jean Arthur as the wise cracking show girl stranded in the tropics. A part that Rita Hayworth would play to perfection later on.

Rita's in this one as well, in the first substantial part in an A picture. She plays the wife of disgraced flier Richard Barthelmess and one of Cary Grant's old flames. According to a recent biography of Jean Arthur, she and Rita did not get along so well. Both of them are retiring types and each thought the other was being snooty to her. Arthur found that out later on and was far more cordial as was Rita. Arthur was also upset that the future glamor queen of America would get all the notice. Rita sure got enough of it.

But there were plaudits all around. Howard Hawks got great performances out of Grant and Arthur, expanding the range of both these talented people. Only Angels Have Wings is both a good character study and has a lot of drama as well.

And Cary Grant was far more successful at a Bogart type role than Bogey was in doing Sabrina.

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