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Only Angels Have Wings


Here’s a nice little film set in the mountains of Columbia, telling the story of the men who fly planes over the Andes … and sometimes even make it. Cary Grant is the tough-as-nails head of the operation. Jean Arthur shows up on her way to somewhere else, and stays, and—who would have guessed it?—falls in love. Rita Hayworth and Richard Barthelmess provide complications, he being a pilot held in contempt by the others because he once bailed out of a plane and left his navigator to die. All in all, a fine adventure-romance directed by Howard Hawks. The flying stunts using models are pretty good for the time.