Only Angels Have Wings

Howard Hawks behind the scenes of Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Pat West as the bartender Baldy in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Pat was born n Padukah, Kentucky, and had 150 acting credits from a 1928 uncredited bit as a bartender, to a 1945 uncredited bit as a bartender.  Pat was also in Howard Hawks’ Ceiling Zero (as Baldy), The Road to Glory (an uncredited soldier), Bringing Up Baby (an uncredited bit as Mac), His Girl Friday (as Warden Cooley), Sergeant York (as a Sergeant), Ball of Fire (as Bum), Air Force (as a soldier), The Outlaw (as a bartender), and To Have and Have Not (as a bartender).  With 10 credits, Pat was in more Howard Hawks films than any other actor.

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re-release publicity still for Only ANgels Have Wings (1939)

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re-release publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  It was Columbia Studios second biggest production to date, after Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon.

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foreign poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant and Richard Barthelmess have a disagreement in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in a colorized publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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foreign poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939), her big break, and she took full advantage.

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Sig Rumann, Allen Joslyn, Noah Beery Jr, Jean Arthur and Cary Grant in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Thomas Mitchell and Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  It was Cary’s second of five films with Howard Hawks and the first time he was taken seriously as a dramatic actor.  This served him especially well in his successes with Alfred Hitchcock.

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Rita Hayworth in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  She was on her way up in Hollywood, and he was on his way down.

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Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)