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ANGELS OVER BROADWAY (1940)

Vintage original 8 x 10” (20 x 25 cm.) silver gelatin photo print, U. S. Douglas Fairbanks Jr, Rita Hayworth, Thomas Mitchell, John Qualen, dir: Ben Hecht/Lee Garmes. Stunning portrait of the glamorous Hayworth who plays a pick-up girl in this fascinating story which was written and directed by Ben Hecht. Hecht contributed to and wrote nearly 150 film scripts, but directed only 7 times. Co-director Lee Garmes was principally known as a cinematographer who photographed more than 100 films, but worked as director just 5 times. They created a story about an embezzler who is about to commit suicide who is assisted by a prostitute, an alcoholic playwright and a ticket scalper to repay his gambling debt. Douglas Fairbanks Jr. co produced with Hecht and Garmes served as cinematographer. This film was a rare example in which, under the studio system, an independent film environment was allowed, with artists creating their own work. Studio head Harry Cohn was promoting Hayworth’s career and perhaps thought her glamour would add box office appeal, but obviously, all persons involved appreciated Hayworth’s abilities and gave her one of the meatier roles of her early star making years.

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