Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant and Jean Arthur in Only Angels Have Wings (1939). Cary had been seen mostly in comedies, and a few unsuccessful dramas. This was his dramatic breakthrough.

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

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Jean Arthur as Bonnie Lee at the piano in a scene from 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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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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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.