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Angels Over Broadway
Not Rated
78 minutes
Crime Comedy Adventure
1940

A film of many firsts: Rita Hayworth's first lead in an "A" picture, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.'s first attempt at producing, and Ben Hecht's first film as director without long-time partner Charles MacArthur. Hecht's script begins with a timid clerk (John Qualen), who's been caught embezzling. Knowing he can't repay the money, he contemplates suicide. The "angel" is con artist Fairbanks, who, having nothing better to do that evening, decides to rescue the guy from his predicament, aided by a wide-eyed call girl (Hayworth) and a drunken playwright (Thomas Mitchell). However, the "cure" could be deadlier than the "disease".  Hecht clearly relished these characters, especially Mitchell's, who is handed a truckload of bravura lines and delivers them with gusto. Glisteningly photographed by Lee Garmes (who shares co-director credit with Hecht), ANGELS OVER BROADWAY was ahead of its time. Hecht received an Oscar® nomination for Original Screenplay and has a cameo as a defendant in the night court scene.

Cast
Douglas Fairbanks
Bill O'Brien
Rita Hayworth
Nina Barona
Thomas Mitchell
Gene Gibbons
John Qualen
Charles Engle
Director
Ben Hecht & Lee Garmes
Writer
Ben Hecht
Facts
Country USA
Language English
GALLERY