Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Front Cover Actor
Cary Grant Geoff Carter
Jean Arthur Bonnie Lee
Richard Barthelmess Bat MacPherson (Kilgallen)
Rita Hayworth Judith 'Judy' MacPherson
Thomas Mitchell Kid Dabb
Allyn Joslyn Les Peters
Sig Ruman John 'Dutchy' Van Reiter (as Sig Rumann)
Victor Kilian Sparks (radioman)
John Carroll Gent Shelton
Don 'Red' Barry Tex Gordon (lookout) (as Donald Barry)
Sig Rumann The Dutchman
Noah Beery, Jr. Joe Souther
Melissa Sierra Lily
Joslyn Allyn
Movie Details
Genre Drama; Adventure; Romance
Director Howard Hawks
Producer Howard Hawks
Writer Howard Hawks; Jules Furthman
Studio Columbia Pictures; Sony Pictures
Language English
Audience Rating Approved
Running Time 2 hr 1 mins
Country USA
Color Color
While waiting for her boat, Bonnie Lee stops at a small airport in South America. The pilots there deliver...

Hands down, Only Angels Have Wings is one of the most buoyantly entertaining movies in the American cinema. It is also a razor-sharp example of the action-oriented films of Howard Hawks, the wide-ranging auteur who would go on to make To Have and Have Not and Red River. This one is set in Barranca, a South American port city swathed in perpetual night fog, where a band of mail pilots struggle daily to get their planes through a treacherous mountain pass. They don't care about the mail so much as they live by the rules of adventure, professionalism, and friendly rivalry. Cary Grant is the leader of this daredevil group, a man who won't be pinned down to anything except his own code of stoicism. ("I don't believe in laying in a supply of anything," he says, which may be why he's always asking people for matches to light his cigarettes.) His cool style is tested by the arrival of a wisecracking blonde (Jean Arthur) and an ex-mistress (Rita Hayworth); Rita's now married to a pilot (Richard Barthelmess), disgraced by a single act of cowardice. Hawks always got great mileage from throwing a bunch of colorful characters together in an enclosed space, where death could strike in a moment. The great secret about Hawks is that although his feel for action was crackling, he was really more interested in the way people exchanged sidelong glances or lit each other's cigarettes--there's a lot of both in Only Angels Have Wings. --Robert Horton
Personal Details
My Rating
Seen It No
Index 959
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 12/6/03
Store Copy
Owner NF
Links IMDB
Amazon US
Folder 008
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 1.33:1
UPC 043396094697
Release Date 1999
Subtitles Chinese; English; Korean; Portuguese; Spanish; Thai
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Black & White