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Cary Grant's Aviation Adventure Films
- Larry Elam
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
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
Such enduring personality types in this movie. Most likely studied by 'Novice Actors'. Totally feel good Movie...Loved it.
Wings of Angels
- Bert Flores
Beautifully acted,well-made picture.And the most touching scenes feature the Kid's injury and subsequent death.
Only Angels have Wings
- Dashiell Barnes
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
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
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
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
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!
ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS
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
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.
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
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.
- michael york
one of the best of the best-cary and jean make a great team
Hawks and Grant soar!
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.
Nice to see Cary Grant's early performances. He really is the best leading man ever!
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
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.