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.

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Only Angels Have Wings

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.

Only Angels Have Wings

Jean Arthur and Cary Grant mourn another loss in Only Angels Have Wings (1939).

Only Angels Have Wings

Thomas Mitchell as Kid Dabb needs a light in a screencap from Only Angels Have Wings (1939).  Thomas had a great year, also appearing in other classic films of 1939:  Gone With the Wind (as Scarlett O’Hara’s father), Stagecoach (John Wayne’s big break), Mr Smith Goes to Washington and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Only Angels Have Wings

Cary yawns in a publicity still for Only Angels Have Wings (1939) with Thomas Mitchell.

Only Angels Have Wings


Cary Grant helps Thomas Mitchell with a smoke in Only Angels Have Wings (1939), symbolizing their closeness as friends and work partners.

Only Angels Have Wings


Cary Grant owns a South American fleet of cargo airplanes, and acts as air traffic controller in dangerous terrain in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)….”Calling Baranca.”

The Outlaw

Thomas Mitchell, Walter Huston and film newcomers Jane Russell and Jack Buetel in a publicity still for The Outlaw (1943).  Despite the veterans and the appealing new talents, The Outlaw is now chiefly remembered for the censorship battles over the emphasis on Jane’s body.