Friday, January 14, 2011

Radio – CP#51 – “Only Angels Have Wings” (1939) **1/2

The story works well on radio, because most of it is set in a bar and in cockpits – you have the wind and rain, and lots of tough-talking American pilots working in South America. It’s fun listening to Orson Welles play a Hawksian hero – he’s not the first actor you think of for such parts, and doesn’t quite work a hundred percent here, but he could have been effective with a bit more reworking. Welles liked to crack wise, talking fast with overlapping dialogue, etc – he just had a different tone to the world of Hawks. Joan Blondell steps into the Jean Arthur role very well.

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