Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings

Directed by Howard Hawks • 1939 • United States
Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth

Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome and aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks’s recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them.

Only Angels Have Wings
  • Only Angels Have Wings

    Directed by Howard Hawks • 1939 • United States
    Starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth

    Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a ...

Extras

  • Hawks and Bogdanovich on ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS

    These audio excerpts are taken from a conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich that was recorded in Palm Springs, California, in 1972.

  • David Thomson on ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS

    The following interview with film critic David Thomson was conducted in 2016.

  • Howard Hawks and his Aviation Movies

    In this program, produced in 2016, film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt explore the sound and visual effects in ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS and other films directed by aviation enthusiast Howard Hawks.

  • ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS on Lux Radio Theatre

    This sixty-minute radio adaptation of ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS features actors Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Victor Kilian, Noah Beery Jr., and Donald Barry. It is hosted by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille and was originally broadcast on May 29, 1939.