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Only Angels Have Wings

Geoff Carter (Carey Grant) is the head of a crumbling air freight service in desperate need of a replacement pilot. He is forced to hire a descredited aviator (Richard Barthelmess) who arrives with his wife (Rita Hayworth), Carter's ex-lover. Meanwhile, traveler Bonnie Lee (Jean Arthur) tries to get close to the emotionally closed-off Carter. The film received two Academy Award nominations.

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Released: Jan 1st, 1939
Budget: N/A
Revenue: N/A

Only Angels Have Wings Main Cast

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Cary Grant
Cary Grant
plays Geoff Carter
Jean Arthur
Jean Arthur
plays Bonnie Lee
Richard Barthelmess
Richard Barthelmess
plays Bat Mac Pherson
Rita Hayworth
Rita Hayworth
plays Judy MacPherson
Thomas Mitchell
Thomas Mitchell
plays Kid Dabb
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Movie Trivia/Goofs

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  • Movie Goof (factual errors): When McPherson takes off with the patient, the chimney smoke shows he's taking off with the wind instead of against the wind. Taking off against the wind would increase his relative speed and help him take off.
  • Howard Hawks remembers: "[When the movie was released] a certain critic said 'It's the only picture Hawks ever made that didn't have any truth in it.' I wrote him a letter and said, 'Every blooming thing in that movie was true.' I knew the men that were in it and everything about it. But it was just where truth was stranger than fiction."
  • The "Calling Baranca" line in the movie later found it's way into several Looney Toons (or Merry Melodies) cartoons.
  • "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on May 29, 1939 with Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell and Rita Hayworth reprising their film roles.
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