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Angels Over Broadway
Angels Over Broadway
Actors: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen, George Watts
Directors: Lee Garmes, Ben Hecht
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2002     1hr 19min

Sardonic newsman turned razor-wit screenwriter Ben Hecht softens his hard-boiled style for a rare directorial outing in Angels over Broadway. Set in the world he knew and loved so well--Broadway's nightlife of hustlers and...  more »


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Actors: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen, George Watts
Directors: Lee Garmes, Ben Hecht
Creators: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Lee Garmes, Ben Hecht, Gene Havlick
Genres: Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Classic Comedies, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Black and White,Full Screen - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 08/20/2002
Original Release Date: 10/02/1940
Theatrical Release Date: 10/02/1940
Release Year: 2002
Run Time: 1hr 19min
Screens: Black and White,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

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Movie Reviews

scotsladdie | 05/19/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Ben Hecht wrote, produced and with the excellent cinematographer Lee Garmes, directed this night-life story about a poor clerk (John Qualen) who is going to kill himself if he can't get $3,000, and and a drunken playwright (Thomas Mitchell) who takes him in charge. The playwright thinks that since sharp gamblers always let you win at poker before they trim you & the trick is to leave the game early............ Two young lovers complicated the playwright's plan. Offbeat and ahead of its time, this Hecht production is surely one of the most unheralded fine films ever to come out of Hollywood (I suspect because 1939 was THE greatest year the movies ever knew and there was too much compitition). Columbia mogul Harry Cohn hand-picked the lovely Hayworth (as a call girl!) and the performances by Mitchell (as a marvelous lush) and Fairbanks are captivating ; Hecht's dialogue sparkles with poetic irony. It's an unpredictable Broadway saga on the screen, filmed with a fast pace and panache. Hecht's character's talk too much, but Hecht was a compulsive gambler himself, and there's a genial, original spirit to this movie."