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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Only Angels Have Wings

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.

Only Angels Have Wings

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

The Dawn Patrol


The Dawn Patrol (1930) was Howard Hawks’ second film in the world of aviation, after the lost silent The Air Circus (1928).  He would visit that world again in Ceiling Zero, Only Angels Have Wings and Air Force.

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess as World War I pilot Dick Courtney in The Dawn Patrol (1930).  Richard was also a pilot in Howard Hawks’ Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

The Dawn Patrol

off duty World War I pilots find a pub that doesn’t allow obscene language in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol (1930) was the first sound film to win an Oscar for John Monk Sanders for the original story.  John was the husband of cinema’s future scream queen Fay Wray.  Howard Hawks said that the key to the film’s success was that the dialogue was written and spoken naturally and realistically, rather than “hamming it up” as was usually the case in early talkies.

The Dawn Patrol

Neil Hamilton, Richard Barthelmess and Douglas Fairbanks Jr smile for the camera in a publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

a disagreement between the pilot and his commander in The Dawn Patrol (1930).

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess as British World War I flying ace Dick Courtney in a publicity still for The Dawn Patrol (1930).  His part was played by Errol Flynn in Warner Brothers’ 1938 remake.

Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth is reunited with Cary Grant as her current boyfriend Richard Barthelmess is concerned in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth and Richard Barthelmess in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  The film was Rita’s first big production, after spending her first few years in Hollywood in forgettable low budget turkeys.  Richard was a big star in silent films, most notably in Broken Blossoms (1919) and Way Down East (1920) both with Lillian Gish and directed by DW Griffith.