Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant
Director: Howard Hawks Cast: Cary Grant
Cary Grant
, Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
, Richard Barthelmess
Richard Barthelmess
Howard Hawks

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Virtually a textbook example of Howard Hawks' "macho" mode, Only Angels Have Wings takes place high in the Peruvian Andes. Cary Grant heads a ramshackle airmail and freight service, forced to fly in the most perilous of weather conditions to the most treacherous of destinations. Facing death on a near-hourly basis, Grant and his flyers have adopted a casual, all-in-day's-work attitude towards mortality. If a pilot cracks up and dies, it's simply because he didn't have what it took, and that's that. Stranded showgirl Jean Arthur can't stand this cavalier attitude at first, but before long she becomes, in true Hawksian fashion, "one of the guys." Complicating the story is the presence of Richard Barthelmess, who has been persona non grata with the other pilots ever since his carelessness cost the life of one of their number. In addition to a surfeit of guilt, Barthelmess is saddled with a faithless wife, played by Rita Hayworth in her first important A-picture role. Hayworth makes a play for Grant, but he spurns her, finally realizing that, in spite of himself, he's in love with Arthur. Grant himself is riddled with guilt when near-blind pilot Thomas Mitchell insists upon taking on one final flight. Having lost his best friend, Grant drops his hard-bitten shell, and for the first time opens himself up emotionally to Arthur-which of course leads to a nail-biting climax wherein Arthur suffers mightily as Grant faces certain death. Scripted by Jules Furthman from a story by Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings is a treasure trove of terse, pithy dialogue: our favorite scene occurs when, upon discovering that he's about to die, Thomas Mitchell says he's often wondered how he'd react to imminent death-and, now that death is but a few moments away, he'd rather that no one else be around to witness his reaction. Though sometimes laid low by obvious miniatures, the aerial scenes in Only Angels Have Wings are by and large first-rate, earning a first-ever "best special effects" Oscar nomination for Roy Davidson and Edwin C. Hahn.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/12/2016
UPC: 0715515173711
Original Release: 1939
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 2:01:00
Sales rank: 12,804

Special Features

New 4k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich; New Interview with film critic David Thomson; Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies, a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 19139, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille ; Trailer; Plus: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cary Grant Geoff Carter
Jean Arthur Bonnie Lee
Richard Barthelmess Bat McPherson
Rita Hayworth Judith McPherson
Thomas Mitchell Kid Dabb
John Carroll Gent Shelton
Allyn Joslyn Les Peters
Sig Rumann The Dutchman
Noah Beery Joe Souther
Melissa Sierra Lily
Lucio Villegas Dr. Logario
Forbes Murray Hartwood
Cecilia Callejo Felice
Pat Flaherty Mike
Pedro Regas Pancho
Pat West Baldy
Manuel Maciste Balladeer
Harry Bailey Actor
Lou Davis Actor
Budd Fine First Mate
Rafael Storm Purser
Sammee Tong Native Cook
Bud Wolfe Actor
Jack Lowe Actor
Victor Kilian Sparks
Don "Red" Barry Tex Gordon
Candy Candido Musician
Al Rhein Mechanic
James Millican Mechanic
Curley Dresden Mechanic
Ed Randolph Mechanic
Ky Robinson Mechanic
Eddie Foster Mechanic
Rafael Corio Purser
Charles Moore Servant
Inez Palange Lily's Aunt
Stanley Brown Junior Harkwright
Francisco Maran Planter Overseer
Wilson Benge Assistant Purser
Vernon Dent Ship Captain
Victor Travers Planter
Enrique Acosta Tourist
Dick Botiller Tourist
Harry A. Bailey Tourist (uncredited)

Technical Credits
Howard Hawks Director,Producer
Lionel Banks Art Director
Arthur S. Black Asst. Director
Roy Davidson Special Effects
Elmer Dyer Cinematographer
Jules Furthman Screenwriter
Edwin C. Hahn Special Effects
Robert Kalloch Costumes/Costume Designer
Viola Lawrence Editor
Manuel Maciste Score Composer
Paul Mantz Consultant/advisor,Stunts
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
Joseph Walker Cinematographer

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