Only Angels Have Wings Overview:

Only Angels Have Wings (1939) was a Drama - Adventure Film directed by Howard Hawks and produced by Howard Hawks.

Academy Awards 1939 --- Ceremony Number 12 (source: AMPAS)

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Best CinematographyJoseph WalkerNominated
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Only Angels Have Wings (1939): Hawks’ Greatest Adventure Movie

By 4 Star Film Fan on Aug 6, 2019 From 4 Star Films

Howard Hawks always had a knack for creating worlds and subsequently building camaraderie between his characters simply by stringing scenes together one after the other. Only Angels Have Wings?sets?up a?premise — revolving around?a South American outpost —?then?settles in on two flyers. ... Read full article


Watching 1939: Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

on Jul 4, 2019 From Comet Over Hollywood

In 2011, I announced I was trying to see every film released in 1939. This new series chronicles films released in 1939 as I watch them.?As we start out this blog feature, this section may become more concrete as I search for a common thread that runs throughout each film of the year. Right now, tha... Read full article


Only Angels Have Wings (1939, Howard Hawks)

By Andrew Wickliffe on Oct 17, 2018 From The Stop Button

The first forty-five minutes of Only Angels Have Wings is mostly continual present action. Jean Arthur arrives in a South American port town, looking around?followed by two possible ne?er-do-wells (Allyn Joslyn and Noah Beery Jr.)?and the film tracks her experience. Great direction from Hawks, beaut... Read full article


CCU37: Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

By Aaron West on May 15, 2016 From Criterion Blues

May 15 Posted by aaronwest Mark and Aaron fly back to 1939 to discuss Howard Hawks’ classic Only Angels Have Wings. We evaluate the special effects, how the film built suspense, the context of aviation in the late 1930s, and later films that embody a similar masculinity. We also reveal the wi... Read full article


CCU37: Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

By Aaron West on May 15, 2016 From Criterion Blues

May 15 Posted by aaronwest Mark and Aaron fly back to 1939 to discuss Howard Hawks’ classic Only Angels Have Wings. We evaluate the special effects, how the film built suspense, the context of aviation in the late 1930s, and later films that embody a similar masculinity. We also reveal the wi... Read full article


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Quotes from

Kid Dabb: The only thing I can tell you about him, he's a good guy for gals to stay away from.


Geoff Carter: Got a match?
Bonnie Lee: Say, don't you ever have any?
Geoff Carter: No - don't believe in laying in a supply of anything.
[she hands him a match]
Geoff Carter: Thanks.
Bonnie Lee: Matches, marbles, money or women, huh?
Geoff Carter: That's right.
Bonnie Lee: No looking ahead; no tomorrows; just today.
Geoff Carter: That's right.


Kid Dabb: [watching Geoff try to land a damaged plane] He's gonna try to land!
Mike: He can't make it.
Les Peters: Not with that tail all smashed up. Not in a million years.
Kid Dabb: Get set for the crash, Mike!
Bonnie Lee: Why doesn't he jump?
Kid Dabb: Why? Why should he? He's made of rubber, he is. He wants to hit the ground to see how high he can bounce!


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The Kid mentions that there are no bananas, parodying the novelty song, "Yes! We Have No Bananas" written by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn.
With the exception of the rain, The Kid's death scene was copied nearly exactly and word-per-word from a pilot's death that Howard Hawks had witnessed.
This is the movie that spawned the oft-misquoted Cary Grant line: "Judy, Judy, Judy" (his co-star's character's name). The misquote is attributed to impressionist Larry Storch who, when in the middle of one of his nightclub acts, saw Judy Garland walk in as he was impersonating Grant. Apparently this is how he addressed her.
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