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Only Angels Have Wings ()


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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.

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Geoff Carter
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Bonnie Lee
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Bat MacPherson
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Judy MacPherson
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Kid Dabb
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Les Peters
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Dutchy (as Sig Rumann)
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Sparks
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Gent Shelton
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Tex (as Donald Barry)
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Joe Souther
Manuel Álvarez Maciste ...
The Singer (as Maciste)
Milisa Sierra ...
Lily (as Milissa Sierra)
Lucio Villegas ...
Doctor
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Mike
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Pancho
Pat West ...
Baldy
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Enrique Acosta ...
Tourist (uncredited)
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Rafael - Purser with the Scar (uncredited)
Harry A. Bailey ...
Tourist (uncredited)
Wilson Benge ...
Assistant Purser (uncredited)
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Tourist (uncredited)
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Harkwright Jr. (uncredited)
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Felice Torras - Geoff's Lady Friend (uncredited)
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Bass Player (uncredited)
Lew Davis ...
Shorty - Mechanic (uncredited)
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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)
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Mechanic (uncredited)
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Charlie - Waiter (uncredited)
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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)
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Bit Role (uncredited)
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Sam the Cook (uncredited)
Victor Travis ...
Plantation Overseer (uncredited)
Bud Wolfe ...
Mechanic (uncredited)

Directed by

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Howard Hawks

Written by

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Jules Furthman ... (screen play)
 
Howard Hawks ... (story "Plane from Barranca") (uncredited)
 
Eleanore Griffin ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)
 
William Rankin ... (contributor to treatment) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Howard Hawks ... producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Dimitri Tiomkin

Cinematography by

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Joseph Walker ... (photography)

Film Editing by

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Viola Lawrence

Art Direction by

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Lionel Banks

Costume Design by

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Robert Kalloch ... (gowns) (as Kalloch)

Makeup Department

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Robert J. Schiffer ... makeup artist (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Arthur S. Black Jr. ... assistant director (uncredited)
Sam Nelson ... second unit director (uncredited)
Richard Rosson ... second unit director (uncredited)

Art Department

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Chesley Bonestell ... background paintings (uncredited)

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Roy Davidson ... special effects
Edwin C. Hahn ... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Jr. ... special effects (uncredited)
Harry Redmond Sr. ... special effects (uncredited)

Stunts

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Paul Mantz ... chief stunt pilot (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Elmer Dyer ... aerial photographer

Music Department

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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

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Paul Mantz ... chief pilot / technical adviser
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Plot Summary

When the ship San Luis makes a stop at the port of Barranca, to deliver mailbags and load bananas, cabaret singer Bonnie Lee leaves the boat for some hours to look around. She meets a gang of American flyers, who works for a warm-hearted Dutchman. He is the owner of a scrubby hotel, but also of the shaky Barranca Airways, lead by the tough flyer Geoff Carter. The only way to fly out of Barranca is through a deep pass at 14.000 feet above the ground. As the weather is often stormy and foggy, the flights are extremely difficult, and several flyers have already lost their lives. Bonnie falls in love with Geoff, who reminds her of her father, a trapeze artist who worked without safety net. She decides to leave the boat and stay at the hotel. But Geoff is scared of being detained by a woman. He wants to continue his risky lifestyle uninterrupted. The situation is aggravated when a new flyer, Bat MacPherson, turns up with his wife Judy. He once caused the death of a young flyer, by leaving a malfunctioning airplane in a parachute. And Judy was once Geoff's girlfriend, who he left, because she tried to stop him from making risky flights. Written by Maths Jesperson {maths.jesperson1@comhem.se}

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Taglines BIG As The Fog-Shrouded Andes! See more »
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Also Known As
  • Plane No. 4 (United States)
  • Howard Hawks' Only Angels Have Wings (United States)
  • Howard Hawks' - Only Angels Have Wings (United Kingdom)
  • Seuls les anges ont des ailes (France)
  • SOS Feuer an Bord (Germany)
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  • 121 min
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Did You Know?

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Trivia Howard Hawks had known a real-life flier who once parachuted from a burning plane. His copilot died in the ensuing crash and his fellow pilots shunned him for the rest of his life. See more »
Goofs Toward the beginning of the movie, when Tex the lookout radio guy says, "OK, it's open," you can see the whole mountain range in the background slightly shift to the right. (Apparently, somebody was moving the set backdrop or bumped into it while the scene was being filmed.) See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Goodbye to Language (2014). See more »
Soundtracks Gwine to Rune All Night See more »
Quotes Kid Dabb: The boat doesn't stop at Santa Maria this trip.
Geoff Carter: Why not?
Kid Dabb: They have no bananas.
Geoff Carter: They have no bananas?
Kid Dabb: Yes, they have no bananas.
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