Only Angels Have Wings

Rita Hayworth in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

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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)

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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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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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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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Rita Hayworth as Judy MacPherson in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Rita made the most of her big break after a few years in obscurity.  Like Marilyn Monroe in Monkey Business, being cast as the second female lead in a Howard  Hawks film lead to superstardom.

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

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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.

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Cary Grant and Rita Hayworth in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939)