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Directors:
Ben Hecht
Lee Garmes (co-director)
Writer:
Ben Hecht (written by)
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Release Date:
2 October 1940 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A HECTIC ROMANCE TO BLOW THE FUSES OUT ALONG MAZDA LANE (original poster - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Rita Hayworth Classics on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2012, 1:55 PM, PDT)

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Written by Ben Hecht See more (12 total) »

Cast

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

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Walter Baldwin (Rennick) and Stanley Brown (Master of Ceremonies) are listed by a modern source as cast members for those roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie.See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Put your scissors away, Delilah, my hair's all cut.
[looking at her male escort]
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Is this stylish fellow my successor?
Sylvia Marbe:Gene, you're drunk!
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Darling, you understate the case by three bottles and a thousand tears!
[laughs]
Eugene 'Gene' Gibbons:Avaunt!
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon HommeSee more »

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Written by Ben Hecht, 3 February 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

1940's "Angels Over Broadway" is actually a little play on words, since the name of one of the main characters is Engle, which in German means Angel (actually spelled Engel). Written by Ben Hecht, the film stars Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell and John Qualen. It's an interesting and sweet film with very good performances, but you would swear it's based on a play because it is extremely heavy on dialogue.

The story concerns four people who wind up joining forces: a wheeler dealer named Bill O'Brien (Fairbanks Jr.), a suicidal man, Engle (Qualen), a lonely performer, Nina (Hayworth) and a drunken playwright, Eugene Gibbons (Mitchell). Engle needs to come up with $3,000 that he embezzled by morning; O'Brien thinks Engle is a rich sucker; Nina is looking to meet someone successful; and Gibbons has written another flop. They all are in the same nightclub. While intoxicated, Gibbons learns Engle's sad story and is determined to help him. His first move - taking back a piece of $12,000 jewelry from his girlfriend -- does not work as, after he takes it, she tells him it's paste. Though O'Brien had planned to bring Gibbons to a poker game so he could lose a lot of money to thugs and O'Brien could earn a bonus, it is decided that Engle should go instead and skip out after winning the initial money that the players will allow him to win to draw him into a false sense of luck. Nina goes along, interested in O'Brien, even after she finds out he's broke.

One of the most amusing aspects of the film is that everyone - including the mobsters - knows who the Gibbons character is. They all say,"Oh, yeah, you're the playwright." Anyone who has ever watched "Jeopardy" knows that today, no one knows current playwrights by name or face, let alone current plays. The film is interesting as well because is that although this is really four individual stories, the plots converge so that the film is not in the least episodic.

Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is marvelous as usual. The man could be the most elegant of British gentlemen or a born and bred New York low-life. Here he is the latter and a delight. I am so glad a previous comment mentioned Marilyn Monroe - she must have been influenced by Hayworth in this film, as Hayworth's voice and delivery in spots can only be described as pre-Marilyn. Monroe couldn't have had a better role model. Hayworth is just beautiful and gives a sympathetic portrayal of Nina. Mitchell's performance is heartrending, especially when he calls his wife on the telephone. Qualen has precious little dialogue but he, too, does a great job as a desperate man.

Definitely recommended for the acting and the structure of the film, which is masterful.

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