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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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
NewsDesk:
Rita Hayworth Classics on TCM
 (From Alt Film Guide. 7 August 2012, 1:55 PM, PDT)

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Rita Hayworth - The Original Marilyn 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)
Blanche Payson ... Large Woman (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 ... First Cabby (uncredited) (unconfirmed)
Billy Wayne ... Second Cabby (uncredited)
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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 
 
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)
 
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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)

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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 goes over to his soon to be ex-wife in the club, the ashtray fills up between cuts.See more »
Quotes:
Bill O'Brien:[on the telephone] Hello, Dutch? Bill O'Brien! Say listen, I'm over at the Pigeon Club takin' in the sights, and, uh, I ran into somethin' that I thought might be of mutual interest to us. An out-of-town job came shoo-shooing in here a while ago and throwin' away money like birdseed.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Fisher King (1991)See more »
Soundtrack:
Mon HommeSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Rita Hayworth - The Original Marilyn, 6 January 2012
Author: ytbufflo from mountainair nm

It is so easy to write off beauty as the reason an actress achieves great rank in Hollywood, and it is what also plagued Marilyn Monroe - the desperate need to be taken seriously for your talent rather than your looks once you have become famous for beauty alone.

I myself had never given Rita Hayworth props for anything other than her luminous visual persona. So it was with great delight that I came across this exceptional film, with its screwball comedy timing and humor, and its amazing ensemble casting - from a sleazy but compelling performance by Douglas Fairbanks Jr. to the ironic portrayal of the has-been drunk played to iconic perfection by Thomas Mitchell.

But the two real gems are John Qualen as a suicidal bookkeeper who is the target of a 2 bit mob scam, and Rita Hayworth in a portrayal as exceptional to me as Rosalind Russell in The Front Page, or Marilyn Monroe in 7 Year Itch - a star-struck wanna-be who is barely making it in shady circumstances, yet manages to convey tremendous innocence and idealism in spite of her deeply compromised situation.

The most striking thing to me of all is how uncanny it is to watch what one would consider to be a classic Monroe performance coming from an actress seven years prior to Marilyn having been given her first on screen part. Suddenly I felt like I understood how Marilyn had crafted her persona - hours of sitting in darkened theaters watching Rita Hayworth concoct her brilliant magic of innocence and seduction like it was real and not a carefully crafted act.

In my humble opinion, I don't believe Marilyn would have been nearly as iconic had she not had Rita Hayworth's example to follow, and this portrayal in Angels Over Broadway is the link that, to me, irrefutably proves my point! What an amazing, under-appreciated work of group talent and screen writing art! Rita is poignantly brilliant and her performance ranks for me with Robert Williams in Platinum Blonde for great, naturalistic acting that lasts through time.

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