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Angels Over Broadway (1940)

Passed | | Adventure, Comedy, Crime | 2 October 1940 (USA)
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.

Directors:

Ben Hecht, Lee Garmes (co-director)

Writer:

Ben Hecht
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Bill O'Brien
Rita Hayworth ... Nina Barona
Thomas Mitchell ... Gene Gibbons
John Qualen ... Charles Engle
George Watts George Watts ... Hopper
Ralph Theodore Ralph Theodore ... Dutch Enright
Eddie Foster Eddie Foster ... Louie Artino
Jack Roper Jack Roper ... Eddie Burns
Constance Worth ... Sylvia Marbe
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Storyline

Charles Engle has been caught embezzling. He writes a suicide note, and goes out wandering on the town. Small-time hustler Bill O'Brian sees him give a couple of big tips, figures he's rich, and plans to take him over to a big-time card game and fleece him. He enlists Nina Barone to help get Engle to the game. She goes along, but is more interested in O'Brien than in his schemes. Meanwhile, a perpetually drunk and none too successful playwright, Gene Gibbons, finds the suicide note. He cooks up a scheme (with the reluctant aid of O'Brien) to get the money Engle needs to pay back his employer and save his life. Written by John Oswalt <jao@jao.com>

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WRITTEN, DIRECTED AND PRODUCED BY BEN HECHT (original poster - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeli del peccato See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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When the camera pans with Charles Engle as he gets up to leave the poker game, the shadow of a cable dangling from the microphone boom can be seen following him against the back wall. 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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Connections

Referenced in Bullets Over Broadway (1994) See more »

Soundtracks

My Man
(Mon Homme)
Music by Maurice Yvain
French lyrics by Jacques Charles and Albert Willemetz
English lyrics by Channing Pollock
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Rita Really Delivers In This Interesting Film
13 November 2011 | by MOSSBIESee all my reviews

I first became friends with Rita when I was 22 and the same age as she is in this only film of hers I had never seen till last night. On that night she and Hermes Pan (master choreographer)were slumming to show her what a coffee house was like, and my roommate who knew Hermes invited them to the hippie like house in an alley way in West Hollywood we shared.We both were in love with the Goddess and did black magic (amateur)to see that Hermes would bring her and it worked.Rita was 38 an still beautiful,a gypsy who drank our cheap wine,and we talked and laughed till dawn. From that day forward,we spent three or four nights a week at her home on Hartford and she often burnt dinner for us and we drank Dom Perignon and we danced and laughed and she told stories and her Brooklyn accent would come out (I hear it a lot in ANGELS) Rita always insisted she could act and this film showed her talent and some of her incredible allure which was emerging.I think she did BLOOD AND SAND the next year where she was outrageously sensual and cruel.She was great in that.Paulene Kael disliked her because she was dubbed by Anita Ellis in most films even though Rita had a decent voice. I found this Hecht film to be far ahead of its time with terrific casting and dialogue which sounded like Mankiewicz in a way,and a touch of Damon Runyon with sophistication.It is an odd, and terrific film and my Rita was really good and I watched her and she "listened" to other actors like a seasoned performer.She still is magical and her presence on film still excites.


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