Only Angels Have Wings

trailer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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original ‘insert” poster (1939) for Howard Hawks’ third film at Columbia Studios, after The Criminal Code and Twentieth Century.

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original publicity still of an action scene from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant as pilot Jeff Carter in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Previous pilots in Howard Hawks’ films include James Cagney and June Travis (Ceiling Zero), Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr in The Dawn Patrol, and Sue Carol, David Rollins and Arthur Lake (Air Circus).  His final aviation film would be Air Force (1943).

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Cary Grant and Thomas Mitchell in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Howard Hawks had previously made two films each with George O’Brien, Edward G Robinson and James Cagney, but this was the first time he made two films in a row with the same actor.

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print ad highlighting the technical achievements of Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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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)