in about 100 words or less
US 121m, B&W
Director: Howard Hawks; Cast: Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess, Thomas Mitchell, Rita Hayworth
Only Angels Have Wings is a thoughtful drama about camaraderie among a group of professional pilots working for a small airline operating in a small South American town. Their nearly profitable company is operated by a seemingly reckless manager played by Grant, who like his fellow pilots, uses humor and drink to deal with the loss of life which comes with the inherent dangers of their profession. Similar in theme to Hawks 1930 film, The Dawn Patrol, Only Angels Have Wings is also a story about love and friendship and the risks we dare to take in the pursuit of our dreams. Though a heart-warming and adventurous tale for the 1930s, the plot and pacing is a little slow by today’s standards (Klaus Ming November 2013).