"...this Columbia film easily outranks most of its plane-crashing, sky-spectacular predecessors."
|With Jean Arthur and Crew.|
Only Angels Have Wings - Review is taken from 'The Films of Cary Grant' by Donald Deschner (1973):
"The year's output of aviation films subtracts none of the vigor and little of the freshness from Only Angels Have Wings. More than a year in production, and coming at the tail end of an overworked screen cycle, this Columbia film easily outranks most of its plane-crashing, sky-spectacular predecessors.
Produced, directed and written by Howard Hawks (Ceiling Zero and the Dawn Patrol of 1930), whose original story Jules Furthman has turned into a taut, economical script, this is the collective drama of a group of American aviators in the banana town of Barranca, set at the base of the mountains in the Latin-American tropics.
Worthy of script, direction and particularly effective recreation of its tropical setting is the film's first-rate company. Grant and Miss Arthur, perfectly cast in the leading roles, are supported by skillful and convincing characterizations, particularly by Sig Rumann as owner of the rickety plane service, Thomas Mitchell as a grounded flyer, and in lesser roles, Rita Hayworth, Allyn Joslyn, and Noah Beery, Jr. Perhaps of most interest to screen fans is the fact that Richard Barthelmess, after a three-year absence from the screen, takes to the comeback road with a splendid performance."
|New Artwork by Rebekah Hawley at Studio36 -|
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