Only Angels Have Wings

USA, 1939 (Howard Hawks; 2h 01m)

One of Hawks’s trademark paeans to professionalism, Only Angels Have Wings is often cited as the film where the director’s technical and thematic sensibilities finally coalesce into a truly “Hawksian” aesthetic. Hawks had first worked with the film’s star, Cary Grant, on the previous year’s Bringing Up Baby (1938), and Only Angels Have Wings would be the second of five collaborations between the two; it also has the distinction of bringing a young Rita Hayworth to mainstream attention.

It has become a critical commonplace to say that Hawks operated in top gear when perfecting the personae of luminaries like Grant, Humphrey Bogart, and John Wayne. But in Only Angels Have Wings, Grant serves as the core of a group character—a close-knit, rambunctious fraternity of fliers.

Criterion

Date: June 22nd, 2020
Time: 2:30pm
Finishes at: 4:35pm

Source(s):
  • Blu-ray