Only Angels Have Wings

“I thought you had enough of flyers?"

Howard Hawks and Cary Grant had already given the world the hilarious “Bringing Up Baby” in 1938, and lucky for us, they liked working together. They’d work on four more films together, including their very next one — “Only Angels Have Wings.” Join us — Pete Wright and Andy Nelson — as we finish our series on films from 1939 with Hawks’ and Grant’s second collaboration. We talk about how this film fared for us upon initial viewing, and how it sat with us. We chat about our love for Jean Arthur and how wonderful she is here. We talk about the rest of the cast — Grant, Richard Barthelmess, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, Sig Ruman and more — and what they each bring to the table. We discuss the flying effects in the film and how well they work for us, paired especially with Joseph Walker’s great black-and-white cinematography. And we chat about Hawks and why we like him so much. It’s a film that ranks good, not great, on our lists, but still a film that really got us talking and thinking. It’s well worth checking out, so do so then come back here and tune in to the show!

Film Sundries

Trailers of the Week

Andy’s Trailer: Secret in their Eyes — “As a parent, this looks like a brutal film to watch. But it looks damn good to. Julie Roberts looks like she’s found a strong project, which she’s needed, and Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor both look awesome. I can’t wait for this one.”

Pete’s Trailer: Joy — “Love the tone of this trailer from David O. Russell. Looks to be a great follow-up to American Hustle and as always, great to see J-Law in something that isn’t Hunger Games.”