|Allyn Joclyn, Richard Barthelmess, and Cary Grant|
|Cary Grant, Allyn Joslyn, John Carroll, Richard Barthelmess, Jean Arthur, and Rita Hayworth*|
Most of the reviews for this film were extremely positive upon its release (and it has only grown in stature since then). It turned into a smash hit. Barthelmess also received excellent personal notices, with some reviewers reporting that his first entrance won a round of applause in packed theaters. This must have been extremely encouraging. His next picture would be a classic courtroom/crime drama, and a new departure for hin -- a bad guy. (See: The Man Who Talked Too Much)
* ADDENDUM TO ONLY ANGELS HAVE WINGS: One more observation about the depth of this film. In the photo above, showing the outcast Bat being taken back into the fold -- look at the other actors in the background, John Carroll and Allyn Joslyn. These are the other pilots, and they know how great the boon they're granting Bat is. They know how happy he is, at last. And they know he'll never mention it or show it again. This is what I mean by depth; you could easily miss this on first viewing.