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Only Angels Have Wings

Howard Hawks

 
Only Angels Have Wings (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1939
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #806

Electrified by crackling dialogue and visual craftsmanship of the great Howard Hawks, Only Angels Have Wings stars Jean Arthur as a traveling entertainer who gets more than she bargained for during a stopover in a South American port town. There she meets a handsome and aloof daredevil pilot, played by Cary Grant, who runs an airmail company, staring down death while servicing towns in treacherous mountain terrain. Both attracted to and repelled by his romantic sense of danger, she decides to stay on, despite his protestations. This masterful and mysterious adventure, featuring Oscar-nominated special effects, high-wire aerial photography, and Rita Hayworth in a small but breakout role, explores Hawks’s recurring themes of masculine codes and the strong-willed women who question them.

Cast

Credits

DirectorHoward Hawks
Screenplay byJules Furthman
Produced byHoward Hawks
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Aerial photographyElmer Dyer
EditorViola Lawrence
Art directionLionel Banks
Special effectsRoy Davidson
Technical adviser/Chief pilotPaul Mantz
Costume designRobert Kalloch
MakeupRobert J. Schiffer
MusicDimitri Tiomkin
Musical directorMorris Stoloff

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Audio excerpts from a 1972 conversation between filmmakers Howard Hawks and Peter Bogdanovich
  • New interview with film critic David Thomson
  • Howard Hawks and His Aviation Movies, a new program featuring film scholars Craig Barron and Ben Burtt
  • Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1939, starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Rita Hayworth, Richard Barthelmess, and Thomas Mitchell, and hosted by filmmaker Cecil B. DeMille 
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Michael Sragow

    New cover by Francesco Francavilla

Film Essays

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Only Angels Have Wings: Hawks’s Genius Takes Flight

By Michael Sragow April 12, 2016

Howard Hawks’s 1939 aviation classic Only Angels Have Wings is an exemplar of the auteurist Hollywood entertainer’s capability to fuse “a personal existential statement and a delightful piece of . . . Read more »

Interviews

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Movie-Crazy: A Conversation with Allan Arkush

By Hillary Weston February 17, 2017

In 1970, legendary filmmaker Roger Corman founded New World Pictures, an independent studio that produced and distributed everything from B-movies and exploitation films to acclaimed foreign . . . Read more »


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April 18, 2016

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Behind the Scenes


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The Special Effects of Only Angels Have Wings

April 14, 2016

Before he became one of cinema’s greatest directors, Howard Hawks was a pilot for the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War I. And in the years following the war, Hawks took advantage of his . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Only Angels Have Wings: Hawks’s Genius Takes Flight

By Michael Sragow April 12, 2016

Howard Hawks’s 1939 aviation classic Only Angels Have Wings is an exemplar of the auteurist Hollywood entertainer’s capability to fuse “a personal existential statement and a delightful piece of . . . Read more »


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