Howard Hawks

screencap from the original trailer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Howard Hawks’ career in film did not begin with his seven silent films at Twentieth Century Fox, 1926-28.  Hawks worked on 34 or more features from 1917, at the age of 20, to 1926.  His first involvement with Hollywood came when he designed a modern set for a Douglas Fairbanks production.  Then he was a prop man on a couple of Mary Pickford pictures.  In 1920 he became part of an independent production company, Associated Producers, Inc. that produced 14 features from 1920 to 1923.  As a rich kid, he provided financial assistance for the company, with no apparent artistic contribution.   From 1923 to 1926 Hawks free lanced as producer/editor on a few films at the big Hollywood studios, as well as earning original story credits for a couple of features.  While he never directed a film in his first 10 years in Hollywood, and none of his early credits are remembered today, he learned enough to keep him on top of his game for the next 40 years.

Only Angels Have Wings

original title card for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Jean Arthur and Cary Grant in an another group sing-along in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Victor Killian and Cary Grant in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Lucio Villegas is the doctor in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth and Richard Barthelmess in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant is a mail pilot over the Andes in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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(1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

original trailer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939) promotes “the directorial genius of Howard Hawks.”

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Jean Arthur and Cary Grant react to Thomas Mitchell in a scene from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth in a 1939 publicity still, the year of her big break in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  She began her career with an uncredited bit in 1934,   This was her 30th screen credit, often under her given name, Rita Consino, and often in uncredited bits.

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Richard Barthelmess in a screencap from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Allyn Joslyn in a screencap from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth in a 1939 publicity still, the year of her big break in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Howard Hawks’ production and direction.