Only Angels Have Wings

Only Angels Have Wings is a 1939 American adventure drama film directed by Howard Hawks, starring Cary Grant and Jean Arthur, and is based on a story written by Hawks. Its plot follows the manager of an air freight company in a remote South American port town who is forced to risk his pilots' lives while vying for a major contract. It features supporting performances from Thomas Mitchell, Richard Barthelmess, Noah Beery Jr., and Rita Hayworth, marking her first major role.[1]

Only Angels Have Wings
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Directed byHoward Hawks
Screenplay byJules Furthman
Story byHoward Hawks
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byViola Lawrence
Music byDimitri Tiomkin
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • May 15, 1939 (1939-05-15)
Running time
121 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1 million

Released by Columbia Pictures in May 1939, the film is generally regarded as being among Hawks' finest films, particularly in its portrayal of the professionalism of the pilots of the film, its atmosphere, and the flying sequences.

In 2017, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[2]

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