150. Ben-Hur (B+)
151. Only Angels Have Wings (B)
1939 Howard Hawks movie starring Cary Grant, Jean Arthur, Thomas Mitchell, and Rita Hayworth. Set in a South American banana republic in the world of dangerous private airline pilots, it's competently made but rather scattershot. From its stars you might think it was a comedy, but it isn't (much like The Talk of the Town
). Grant isn't as miscast in this part, but his natural urbane persona feels a bit out of place here. Jean Arthur's in top form, and Thomas Mitchell gives a typically good performance. The flying scenes, of which there are many, are spectacular for the era; there's a lengthy shot of a plane landing that would look great even today.