Only Angels Have Wings

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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Only Angels Have Wings

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

Only Angels Have Wings


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).

Only Angels Have Wings

Jean Arthur and Cary Grant contemplate events in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

Only Angels Have Wings

Howard Hawks had difficulty with Jean Arthur filming Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Hawks wanted her to be a typical Hawksian woman, but Jean always refused, telling him “I can’t do that kind of stuff.”  Later on, after seeing Lauren Bacall’s film debut in To Have and Have Not,  she regretted her rigid outlook and told Hawks if they ever worked together again, she would try anything he asked, but Hawks had long since moved on.

Only Angels Have Wings

Jean Arthur at the piano in a typical Howard Hawks musical interlude from the drama in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  They were reteamed in another classic, The Talk of the Town (1942).

Only Angels Have Wings


Cary Grant owns a South American fleet of cargo airplanes, and acts as air traffic controller in dangerous terrain in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)….”Calling Baranca.”