Only Angels Have Wings

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The back of this publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939) reads

D-Col-36-289  –  Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in a scene from Howard Hawks Columbia production “Plane No. 4.” – it’s working title before it was released.

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  It was Cary’s first significant dramatic role, and his only drama of five films with Howard Hawks.

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings (1939) on the cover of a foreign magazine

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“Cary Grant slices a birthday cake presented to him on the set of Only Angels Have Wings with Jean Arthur, director Howard Hawks, and members of the camera crew watching.”

Howard Hawks celebrates Cary Grant’s birthday on the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Jean Arthur first in line for a slice.

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Noel Coward visits the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939) and gets to sit in the director’s chair, as Howard Hawks stands next to Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Cary Grant.

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Howard Hawks goes eye to eye with Cary Grant on the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Jean Arthur and Allyn Joslyn.

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Howard Hawks consults a book to prove a point to Jean Arthur and Victor Killian behind the scenes of Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Howard Hawks is in the director’s chair for a scene from Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Cary Grant, Rita Hayworth and Richard Barthelmess, with Jean Arthur out of the frame.  Sig Rumann and Allyn Joslyn may also be part of the shot.

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Frank Capra, also working at Columbia studios, has his photo taken with Howard Hawks. Jean Arthur and an unidentified male on the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Howard Hawks in the director’s chair on the set of Only Angels Have Wings (1939) supervising a scene with Thomas Mitchell and Jean Arthur as Cary Grant looks on.

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Howard Hawks on the set of Only Angels Have Wings with Jean Arthur

Howard Hawks behind the scenes of Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Jean Arthur.

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  They co-starred together in another classic, Talk of the Town in 1942.

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Jean Arthur and Cary Grant mourn another loss in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Jean Arthur and Cary Grant are in the middle of all the action in the fictional South American port of Baranca in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).