Only Angels Have Wings

Richard Barthelmess in a screencap from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant and Richard Barthelmess in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Richard Barthelmess as mail pilot Bat MacPherson in a screencap from Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

Cary Grant and Richard Barthelmess are mail pilots in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess comforts a distraught Douglas Fairbanks Jr in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930)

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess and James Finlayson in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930).  James was often seen as Laurel and Hardy’s comic foil in the 30s.

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess is restrained in a scene from The Dawn Patrol (1930)

Only Angels Have Wings

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Cary Grant and Richard Barthelmess have a disagreement in an original publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

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Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  She was on her way up in Hollywood, and he was on his way down.

Only Angels Have Wings

Richard Barthelmess and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

Only Angels Have Wings

 

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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).

 

Only Angels Have Wings

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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.

The Dawn Patrol

By the reaction, it looks like Richard Barthelmess and the dying soldier are embracing in a publicity photo for The Dawn Patrol (1930).  The film won the Oscar for best writing, original story, and was given to John Monk Saunders, husband of 30s scream queen Fay Wray.

The Dawn Patrol

Richard Barthelmess and Neil Hamilton in a screencap from The Dawn Patrol (1930).  It was remade in 1938 with Errol Flynn, David Niven and Basil Rathbone and using the same aerial combat footage from Howard Hawks’ original.