My Old Addiction

Movie Reviews By Bil Antoniou

Only Angels Have Wings

BBBB.5

(out of 5)


This exquisite drama has long been regarded as Howard Hawks’ masterpiece, though there are so many strong entries in his oeuvre that I leave it up to the viewer to decide which is their favourite. The exciting action takes place in the heart of a South American jungle, where a group of American pilots work for a small airline owned by . Circus performer , as full of bright intelligence as ever, steps off a boat bound for America and walks into the restaurant where pilots cool their heels between flights, pursued by two air jockeys before she meets their head honcho (). From there begins a twisting character piece in which love, loyalty, professionalism and integrity are all challenged, punished and rewarded. The photography is beautifully evocative, while the cast all deliver excellent performances, including a young and irresistible in her Hollywood debut. One of the many films that have put the year 1939 in history books as the year Hollywood really outdid itself.


Columbia Pictures Corporation

USA, 1939

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the story Plane From Barranca by Howard Hawks

Cinematography by

Produced by Howard Hawks

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

The Criterion Collection

Academy Awards 1939

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