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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This original poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939) recently sold for $1,425 after 37 bids.

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print ad for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Cary Grant and Jean Arthur from Only Angels Have Wings (1939) on the cover of a British movie magazine.

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print ad for tea and Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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foreign poster for 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)

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

D-Col-36-24-Allen Joslyn as he appears in Columbia’s Howard Hawks production, “Plane #4” in which Jean Arthur and Cary Grant are co-starred.

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

D-Col-36-30-Allen Joslyn as he appears in Columbia’s Howard Hawks production, “Plane #4” in which Jean Arthur and Cary Grant are co-starred.

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original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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original lobby card for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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only4Thomas Mitchell and Cary Grant in Only Angels Have Wings (1939), Cary’s first successful drama.

 

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foreign poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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foreignn poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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original insert poster for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Hawks made screen tests with a few other actresses for the part of Judy in the film, and Hawks chose the relatively obscure Rita Hayworth because she has “a face that the camera likes.”  The film made her a star.  She capitalized on that stardom when she became a superstar with Gilda, and The Lady from Shanghai, when she was the wife of Orson Welles.