ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS (Howard Hawks, 1939)

This is the one about a Panama airflight company that braves often impossible weather to transport mail in the 1930s. It stars Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Richard Barthelmess and a pre-hair dye Rita Hayworth.      It is an overwhelming (if a bit long) chronicle of frustrated, unhappy, suspended lives. Howard Hawks’s film reeks of the Depression. […]

I WAS A MALE WAR BRIDE (Howard Hawks, 1949)

Among the loveliest and most oddly moving American film comedies, I Was a Male War Bride blends genres seamlessly. This generic crossbreeding wasn’t unusual in the late forties and early fifties: Mildred Pierce (Michael Curtiz, 1945) crossbred the “woman’s picture” with film noir; It Happens Every Spring (Lloyd Bacon, 1949), the sports film with fantasy; […]