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Angels Over Broadway

Released Oct 2, 1940 1h 20m Comedy List
67% Tomatometer 6 Reviews 50% Audience Score 1,000+ Ratings
A boozing playwright (Thomas Mitchell) invests a clerk's loot in a poker game with two sharpers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth). Read More Read Less

Critics Reviews

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Otis Ferguson The New Republic It is different, if you like to think of one Ben Hecht picture as different from another, for the man has a formula no less artificial or more true than any standard problem-plot... Not asking for more, you will find the picture pretty good fun. May 7, 2024 Full Review Nathanael Hood Unseen Films ...an anti-noir standing in direct opposition to that genre's hopelessness and nihilism Rated: 7/10 Apr 21, 2020 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Featuring Rita Hayworth (before she became a star), this mildly amusing if verbose comedy is co-directed by Lee Garmes and Ben Hecht, better known as a writer (Hitchcock's Notorious). Rated: C+ Aug 2, 2010 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews What turned me off was that the downbeat tone never changed for me even as it piled on all its moral lessons. Rated: C+ Jan 23, 2007 Full Review Leonard Klady Movie City News 3.5 Rated: 3/5 Jul 18, 2003 Full Review Jamie Gillies Apollo Guide Rated: 70/100 Mar 25, 2003 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D I found it contrived and ridiculous. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/17/24 Full Review Audience Member This was a fun watch, included in my oddly-titled yet truly economical Mill Creek 'Classic Romances' 8-pack, which I purchased because I love old movies and it was only $10. Though if you really stretch the definition of 'romance', the designation fits, that aspect is but a very minor component of this, and the other films', workings. The 2-time Oscar winner (both wins, and all six nominations, were for screenwriting prowess) Ben Hecht directed this, and he did a decent job, even throwing in the odd bit of idiosyncratic flair. I must admit though I admire him more for his writing--he's made such a mark on cinema with simply the handful I'll casually mention here (Underworld--an Oscar-winner, The Front Page, Scarface, Nothing Sacred, Angels with Dirty Faces, Gunga Din, His Girl Friday, The Shop Around the Corner, Foreign Correspondent, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Gilda, Notorious, Rope) from ones I have personally seen and adored. I must admit I'm more familiar with Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s work than that of his son here, and it's really different watching Rita Hayworth at this stage of her career, playing a shy, naïve waif--nothing like the force of nature she would become just a few years later with 'Gilda' and her short, tempestuous marriage to Orson Welles. In short, the story works for me, that of a boozing playwright, struggling actress and hustler helping a suicidal man out of a jam. It's a sweet little movie that's worth owning and rewatching. I honestly wish they still made little wonders like this these days. Not everything has to be either Star Wars or Hamlet. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member This was a fun watch, included in my oddly-titled yet truly economical Mill Creek 'Classic Romances' 8-pack, which I purchased because I love old movies and it was only $10. Though if you really stretch the definition of 'romance', the designation fits, that aspect is but a very minor component of this, and the other films', workings. The 2-time Oscar winner (both wins, and all six nominations, were for screenwriting prowess) Ben Hecht directed this, and he did a decent job, even throwing in the odd bit of idiosyncratic flair. I must admit though I admire him more for his writing--he's made such a mark on cinema with simply the handful I'll casually mention here (Underworld--an Oscar-winner, The Front Page, Scarface, Nothing Sacred, Angels with Dirty Faces, Gunga Din, His Girl Friday, The Shop Around the Corner, Foreign Correspondent, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Gilda, Notorious, Rope) from ones I have personally seen and adored. I must admit I'm more familiar with Douglas Fairbanks Sr.'s work than that of his son here, and it's really different watching Rita Hayworth at this stage of her career, playing a shy, naïve waif--nothing like the force of nature she would become just a few years later with 'Gilda' and her short, tempestuous marriage to Orson Welles. In short, the story works for me, that of a boozing playwright, struggling actress and hustler helping a suicidal man out of a jam. It's a sweet little movie that's worth owning and rewatching. I honestly wish they still made little wonders like this these days. Not everything has to be either Star Wars or Hamlet. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member An odd, sometimes interesting movie - written and directed by Ben Hecht, whose dialogue is often more compelling than the storyline, which drags a little. Thomas Mitchell, as a drunken playwright on the skids, steals the show. The scene where he calls his estranged wife from a hotel room - not noticing a young Rita Hayworth, watching over him like a guardian angel - is pure cinema. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Minor B was Rita last lower rung entry before her ascension to the top of the Columbia and box office heap which started with her next film The Strawberry Blonde. It's unremarkable stuff and Rita seems disengaged in it but Thomas Mitchell and John Qualen give their usual fine performances. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member like the 'cinncinnatti kid' another poker pic Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A boozing playwright (Thomas Mitchell) invests a clerk's loot in a poker game with two sharpers (Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Rita Hayworth).
Director
Ben Hecht
Producer
Ben Hecht
Screenwriter
Ben Hecht
Distributor
Columbia Pictures
Production Co
Columbia Pictures Corporation
Genre
Comedy
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Oct 2, 1940, Original
Release Date (Streaming)
Mar 8, 2019
Runtime
1h 20m