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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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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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Trivia

Jean Arthur was offered the role of Nina Barone, but turned it down. See more »

Goofs

When Gene goes over to his soon to be ex-wife in the club, the ashtray fills up between cuts. See more »

Quotes

Nina Barone: I'm a little better than you think, Mr. O'Brien.
Bill O'Brien: That wouldn't be hard.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fisher King (1991) 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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I'm glad I saw this movie last night
24 January 2007 | by moonchildivaSee all my reviews

We were intrigued by this movie last night when it showed on TCM. I've always been a Ben Hecht fan so it was good to see something I'd never seen before - in the old days, Bill Kennedy out of Windsor/Detroit showed many old films on his TV show at 1 pm but I don't remember ever seeing this one. Rita Hayworth was just glorious! As usual. I wonder if Marilyn Monroe saw this movie and used Rita's slight speech impediment. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. is always wonderful. I'm a fan of such actors as John Qualen and Thomas Mitchell. They are good in everything. I also liked finding two new actors to look for in old films, Jack Roper, the boxer who played Eddie, and Eddie Foster who played Louie Artino. The black & white was almost delicious, the rain put the movie into a certain mood and the sets were perfection. Wardrobe was easy, no one changed, except for taking off their rain coats. I liked it and I want to see it again soon, which shouldn't be a problem with TCM, they have started showing the same movies over & over anyway. I recommend Angels Over Broadway!


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Angeli del peccato See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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1.37 : 1
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