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Release Date:
2 October 1940 (USA) See more »
A HECTIC ROMANCE TO BLOW THE FUSES OUT ALONG MAZDA LANE (original poster - all caps) See more »
A cuckolded embezzler on the verge of suicide is helped by a tout, an alcoholic playwright, and a pick-up girl to reimburse the money with a gambling sting. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
Rita Hayworth Classics on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2012, 1:55 PM, PDT)

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No demons, just excellently written angels. See more (15 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Bill O'Brien

Rita Hayworth ... Nina Barona

Thomas Mitchell ... Gene Gibbons

John Qualen ... Charles Engle
George Watts ... Hopper
Ralph Theodore ... Dutch Enright
Eddie Foster ... Louie Artino
Jack Roper ... Eddie Burns
Constance Worth ... Sylvia Marbe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Harry Antrim ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Walter Baldwin ... Rennick (uncredited)
Richard Bond ... Stevie - Sylvia's Escort (uncredited)
Jack Carr ... Tony (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Joe (uncredited)
Jimmy Conlin ... Pawn Shop Proprietor (uncredited)
Catherine Courtney ... Miss Karpin (uncredited)
Carmen D'Antonio ... Nightclub Dancer (uncredited)
Tommy Dixon ... Checkroom Boy (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Vincent - Headwaiter (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Nightclub Patron (uncredited)
Caroline Frasher ... Street Walker (uncredited)
Roger Gray ... Gambler (uncredited)
Carlton Griffin ... Nightclub Waiter (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Night Court Judge (uncredited)
Jerry Jerome ... Gambler (uncredited)
William Lally ... Stage Doorman (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Cigarette Girl (uncredited)
Patricia Maier ... Girl (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Police Lieutenant (uncredited)
Al Rhein ... Gambler (uncredited)
Walter Sande ... Lunch Wagon Counterman (uncredited)
Cy Schindell ... Jack (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... Gambler (uncredited)
Fred Sweeney ... Mr. Hugo (uncredited)
John Tyrrell ... 2nd Waiter (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Billy Wayne ... Second Cabby (uncredited)

Directed by
Ben Hecht 
Lee Garmes (co-director)
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (written by)

Produced by
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. .... associate producer
Ben Hecht .... producer
Original Music by
George Antheil (music by)
Cinematography by
Lee Garmes (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick (film editor)
Art Direction by
Lionel Banks 
Costume Design by
Robert Kalloch (gowns) (as Kalloch)
Makeup Department
William Knight .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Robert J. Schiffer .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Rex Bailey .... assistant director (uncredited)
Cliff P. Broughton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Lodge Cunningham .... sound (uncredited)
John P. Livadary .... sound engineer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Martin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ray Howell .... costume supervisor (uncredited)
Music Department
Morris Stoloff .... musical director (as M.W. Stoloff)
Germaine Ortala Leclerc .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Harold Godsoe .... production assistant
Evelyn Earle .... script clerk (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
79 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording) | Mono
Argentina:Atp | Finland:S | Sweden:15 | USA:TV-PG | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #6487)

Did You Know?

Jean Arthur was offered the role of Nina Barone, but turned it down.See more »
Continuity: When Gene, Nina and Bill are at the table in the club, discussing the plot for a play, Bill's cigarette keeps changing length.See more »
Nina Barone:Where are you from?
Bill O'Brien:[laughs] I fell out of a policeman's whistle in Times Square.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Mon HommeSee more »


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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
No demons, just excellently written angels., 12 November 2008
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

Produced, directed and written by Ben Hecht, Angels Over Broadway is a film that I personally hadn't heard of until it showed up on one of the British Freeview stations this last week. The first thing what surprised was the bona fide classy cast list, Mr Charm himself, Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Miss Beautiful 1940, Rita Hayworth, Mr Ever Watchable, Thomas Mitchell & Mr Undermentioned, John Qualen. The next thing that surprised me was during a bit of research I learned that critics of the day gave the picture a hard time for not soft soaping the audience, madness really, because this is a razor sharp and highly efficient picture.

Set around one night on Broadway, our four main characters come together courtesy of Charles Engle's {Qualen} intention to kill himself over a huge debt. Mistakenly thinking that Engle has loads of cash to burn, Bill O'Brien {Fairbanks} enlists Nina Barona {Hayworth} in the hope of luring Engle to a poker game run by seedy gangster types, and thus fleecing him of his cash, where of course the pair of them will get a cut. Yet boozy playwright Gene Gibbons {Mitchell}, upon learning of Engle's suicidal leanings, hatches a plan to turn the tables on the poker fiddlers and turn Engle's life around. Naturally tho, not everything is going to go to plan!

A smashing film that shines brightly with quality acting and comically astute writing, so if you get the chance then give it a go and you might be as surprised as I was. 8/10

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