Only Angels Have Wings

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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theater flyer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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Richard Barthelmess in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Richard was a big star in silent films and was also seen in Howard Hawks’ first sound film, The Dawn Patrol (1930).

 

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flyer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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theater flyer for Only Angels Have Wings (1939) on a double bill with Winner Take All, a long forgotten film with Tony Martin (best known as a crooner and husband of Cyd Charisse), and Gloria Stuart (best known as the elderly Rose Dewitt in Titanic, who was seen in flashbacks as Kate Winslet.)

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The back of this publicity still reads

A portrait of Noah Beery, Jr., appearing in Columbia’s Howard Hawks production, “Only Angels Have Wings.”    (NOAH BEERY, JR.  #5)

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Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth are the second leads in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Richard was on his way down, and Rita was on her way up in Hollywood.

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