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Only Angels Have Wings(1939)

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  • Only Angels Have Wings

    • michael whitty
    • 10/1/16

    A classic that brought together Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, and Thomas Mitchell as we see a group of aviators fly for a small mail business in Barranca Peru working against difficult flying conditions. Cary Grant is the leader of the group as this movie went on to be a great adventure film in the late 30s. How many good movies was Thomas Mitchell in? This movie was one of them. This was a Howard Hawks film who always did well with adventurous stories and here he directed a group effort of men and women trying to see the mail through in a small South American area where consequences can happen anytime.

  • Absolutely Love This Movie

    • denise
    • 8/28/16

    Glamorous ex-girlfriend and hubby join the mail service.Jean Arthur stranded by steamer falls for Cary Grant,wise cracking boss and pilot.Mitchell very touching as doomed former pilot.His last scene always makes me cry.

  • hard hard hard

    • Bill Costley
    • 12/13/15

    AT first I thought Damon Runyon wrote this script. Then James M. Cain. Then nobody.


    • Will Fox
    • 2/1/15

    As any serious scholar or student of the studio system in Hollywood's heyday knows, Howard Hawks is in the top 3, of the most successful directors. Intelligent people worldwide are still fascinated by John Ford's westerns. Alfred Hitchcock's suspense-filled mysteries intrigue five-generations of the intelligencia. Rivaling these two aces, is the ace of aces among world-class film directors, Howard Hawks. He created more 4-star films (the highest of ratings among most critics) in many more genres than any other director in the history of film. Howard Hawks is famous as a movie-making maverick with a distinctive talent for creating sassy female characters that enchant male bosses. Please consider his hits: "A Girl in Every Port" (1928), "The Dawn Patrol" (1930), "The Crowd Roars" and "Scarface" (1932), "20th Century," "Barbary Coast," "Bringing Up Baby," "Only Angels Have Wings," "His Girl Friday," "Sergeant York," "Ball of Fire," "Corvette K -255,", "To Have And Have Not," "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Red River" (1948), "A Star Is Born," "I Was A Male War Bride," "The Thing From Another World," "The Big Sky," "Monkey Business," "Gentle Prefer Blondes," "Rio Bravo" (1959), "Hatari" (1962), and "El Dorado" (1967). Twenty-three successes. Who else compares to this heroic champion, across so many different genres, among film directors? Hail Howard Hawks!

  • only angels have wings

    • kevin sellers
    • 12/20/14

    Good escapist fare that the French have elevated above its station. A bit too much macho BS for my taste, and the celebrated Jules Furthman dialogue gets more stilted every time I hear it, especially when it emanates from Grant and Arthur. Also, the "Hawksian woman," who is nothing more than a man with a vagina, is insulting. To gain the approval of Hawks' band of brothers a woman has to sacrifice her femininity. If mannishness is so sexy to these guys, then why don't they make it with each other? Having said the foregoing, let me hasten to add that the flying scenes are extremely well done, and Thomas Mitchell, as the burnt out "kid," delivers what I feel is the best performance in a long line of excellent ones. And there are those quirky moments that you only get in good films, moments like the Peruvian doctor quoting "Henry The 4th," in Spanish, on the philosophy of fatalism, before going up in a biplane. Give it a solid B.

  • Please, oh Please,

    • Alice
    • 12/16/14

    I was so looking forward to seeing this film again. I saw it two years ago when you showed it before. Loved it then, and was so looking forward to seeing it again. I fell asleep, woke up at a quarter to four, only to see one of the old planes in the air (on the screen, of course). My heart sank as I looked at the clock and saw it was almost over. I love both Cary Grant and Jean Arthur. They are both wonderful in this terrific film. Please, oh please, would you show this classic again? Thank you, TCM .

  • Cary Grant's Aviation Adventure Films

    • Larry Elam
    • 5/31/14

    This was the fourth film from the 1930s where Cary Grant played a daring aviator. The other three were "The Eagle and the Hawk" (1933) with Carole Lombard and "Wings in the Dark" (1935) with Myrna Loy and "Suzy" (1936) with Jean Harlow. Knowing this you are probably surprised Grant was an experienced Action Adventure lead. In addition to his aviation films of the 1930s he also made a couple of war films: "The Last Outpost (1935) and "Gunga Din" (1939). So by the end of the 1930s Grant was a well-rounded leading man but definitely heading toward a career more focused on romantic comedy. During the 1940s he only appeared in one action war movie "Destination Tokyo" (1943) where he played a submarine captain.

  • Lots of Action and Sex Appeal

    • sherry
    • 2/17/14

    Excellent film. My favorite for years. Cannot believe it is not available on DVD. Characters are three dimensional and draw you in to their circumstances. Jean Arthur and Cary Crant play off each other as well as Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. Amazing what these pilots had to go through during the early years of aviation delivery.

  • True Character Acting

    • Tami
    • 2/22/13

    Such enduring personality types in this movie. Most likely studied by 'Novice Actors'. Totally feel good Movie...Loved it.

  • Wings of Angels

    • Bert Flores
    • 8/17/12

    Beautifully acted,well-made picture.And the most touching scenes feature the Kid's injury and subsequent death.

  • Only Angels have Wings

    • Dashiell Barnes
    • 8/8/12

    Hawks' finest adventure film. Arthur & Hayworth hold their own in the male-oriented setting led by Grant & a strong supporting cast. As an aviation lover, Hawks convincingly conveys the drama & reality of pilots added by Oscar-nominated special & sound effects. A great male soap opera conceived & fully realized by Hawks. I give it a 4.5/5.

  • Worth the time

    • Alice
    • 2/22/12

    My experience with "Angels Have Wings" began about 2 years ago. I am a fan of Jean Arthur and Cary Grant. I first caught a piece of this film a couple of times late at night. Then, I began looking for it. I almost got to watch it the last time you showed it. But, we had bad weather interferances. Now, I got to see it. It was worth the time and perseverance. I now know why it is indeed one of those timeless classics worth keeping and sharing with those who have, "ears to hear and eyes to see". Thank you, TCM

  • The Wings of Angels is a classic

    • Bart
    • 2/16/12

    This is one great film and deserves to be remembered as such.Great camraderie,love story,devotion to duty.The most touching scene involves the Kid and all his mates saying Good-bye.

  • A fine dramatic adventure film

    • Mr. Blandings
    • 8/15/11

    Cary Grant and Jean Arthur are superb in this decidedly non-comedy film. And what a great character actor Thomas Mitchell was!

  • Only Angels Have Wings

    • Mark Sutch
    • 4/14/11


  • Fantastic movie

    • Bart
    • 1/18/11

    Bought this movie after losing the DVR'd showing.One of the best ever,right down to the loss of Thomas Mitchell's character,which was the scene to convince me to buy it.Let's see Seth Rogen write something this classy,or something even close!


    • GOM
    • 7/1/10

    Marvelous picture and a great cast..Unfortunately I missed the last three minutes of it, so I had to buy it to see the denouement but it is worth the money and a fine addition for my library.

  • Yes, See It

    • Carol Miles
    • 5/11/10

    This picture is definitely a must see. But there's one thing that that has always struck me funny in all the times and over all the years I've sat thru this film. At the beginning of the film about male bonding (all those young, rootless, cocky, adventuress guys) talk about one of their comrades - The Kid this, The Kid that. And then there stands The Kid -- short, tired, dumpy, middle aged, confused looking Thomas Mitchell/The Kid.

  • <3 it

    • Sabrina
    • 5/31/08

    I just recently got this film in a Cary Grant pack-set and it's my fav movie of the five. (Actually, it's tied with another movie, but that's besides the point) Anyway, I just started watching Jean Arthur movies and I love every one that I've seen. Combined with Cary, you get one great movie. (If you want to see more Grant/Arthur pairings, watch 'The Talk of the Town')

  • The Definitive Howard Hawks Motion Picture

    • GF
    • 3/8/08

    Among the many great Howard Hawks films, I feel this is his best. I believe Only Angels Have Wings best describes Hawks' feelings on male bonding and professionalism. The direction is crisp, the writing sharp, and the acting is first-rate. Cary Grant gives yet another memorable performance as the hard-core, tough-as-nails Geoff Carter. Jean Arthur is wonderful as the woman who immediately takes a liking to Grant's unusual style. The supporting cast is superb: Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, and Thomas Mitchell all deliver the goods. Only Angels Have Wings is among the great American films, in my opinion. It's a must-see.

  • grand entertainment

    • michael york
    • 12/17/07

    one of the best of the best-cary and jean make a great team

  • Hawks and Grant soar!

    • Serena
    • 10/15/07

    A great movie about consummate professionals (in this case mail fliers) who get the job done and the women who stand by them. Cary Grant, though he falls flat during a big emotional scene, is commanding in his first dramatic performance, and Jean Arthur (best known for "Mr. Smith Goes To Washington") proves that she was the most underrated comedienne of all time. Perhaps director Howard Hawks' most personal movie, this film stands the test of time, and is one of Hawks' best movies. Rita Hayworth has a small role.

  • Great movie

    • Nancy
    • 1/2/07

    Nice to see Cary Grant's early performances. He really is the best leading man ever!


    • fgreene
    • 9/9/06

    This movie is a classic example of Hollywood's Golden Age and each performer reaches the heights of their careers. A must see.

  • Great use of 2 hours

    • Steve Sutton
    • 6/6/06

    Thoroughly enjoyed this film. It was a little different from many of the Grant movies, in that the dialogue is not as fast or as quippy as many that followed. But, the perfomance was all Grant ultimately getting the girl in the end. Supporting actors were excellent and so was the cinematography. I particularly enjoyed the scenes of the difficult landing MacPherson makes in his inagural flight for the mail company. The clarity of the mountain-top landscape and landing/take-off were as thrilling today as any special effects you might see. There did seem to be a bit of chemistry between Grant and Arhtur, particularly towards the end.

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