Only Angels Have Wings

“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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Only Angels Have Wings

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.

Only Angels Have Wings

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).

Only Angels Have Wings

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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Howard Hawks commands the attention of Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth behind the scenes of Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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Howard Hawks contemplates a scene from Only Angels Have Wings (1939) as Cary Grant as Geoff Carter stands by.

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Howard Hawks and Cary Grant check out a miniature for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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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.

Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth shakes hands with her old beau Cary Grant while standing next to her new beau Richard Barthelmess in Only Angels Have Wings (1939), creating a classic Howard Hawks triangle.

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Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Richard was on his way down, after being a big star in the silent era, and Rita was on her way up, soon getting starring roles in major productions at Columbia Studios.

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Richard Barthelmess as Bat McPherson in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

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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.