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Angels Over Broadway (1940)
Starring: Douglas Fairbanks, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell
Director: Ben Hecht
Category: Drama, Comedy, Classics, Classics
Studio: Columbia / TriStar
78 mins



Douglas Fairbanks, Jr. is Bill O'Brien, a would-be gangster who teams up with Nina Barona (Rita Hayworth), an out-of-luck dancer, in a swindle scheme that get them more than they bargained for.

Ben Hecht wrote, produced and directed this fascinating character study of the desolate world of losers and two bit hustlers living in the gritty underworld of New York City. Playing an unsuccessful show girl, Hayworth is absolutely stunning in this solemn mixture of fantasy and reality. Both Hecht and Fairbanks were unfamiliar with Hayworth when she was cast, never imagining that she would become a superstar. They were impressed with the results, as were the critics. "Rita Hayworth is outstanding in the most exacting role she has (played)