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The Dark Angel (1935)

Passed  |   |  Drama, Romance  |  8 September 1935 (USA)
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Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War... See full summary »

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Kitty Vane
Herbert Marshall ...
Gerald Shannon
Janet Beecher ...
Mrs. Shannon
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Sir George Barton
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Granny Vane
Frieda Inescort ...
Ann West
Claud Allister ...
Lawrence Bidley
Cora Sue Collins ...
Kitty as a Child
Fay Chaldecott ...
Betty Gallop (as Fay Chaldicott)
George P. Breakston ...
Joe Gallop (as George Breakston)
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Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Drama | Romance

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8 September 1935 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El ángel de las tinieblas  »

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(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lux Radio Theatre version starring Merle Oberon, Herbert Marshall, and Rod La Rocque aired June 22, 1936. In the radio version, Marshall played the role of Alan Trent instead of his film role of Gerald Shannon. See more »

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Although the bulk of the story takes place during World War I, and the time immediately thereafter, all of the women's clothes and hairstyles, particularly those of Merle Oberon, Janet Beecher and Frieda Inescort are strictly in the 1935 mode. See more »

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Version of The Dark Angel (1925) See more »

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If You Don't Come Back
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Composer unknown
Sung offscreen by soldiers at the inn
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Merle is effective in a weepie from the Golden Age...
5 November 2006 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Handsomely photographed and nicely scored romantic drama from Samuel Goldwyn about a childhood friendship between three people that develops into an intense romantic triangle.

MERLE OBERON, FREDRIC MARCH and HERBERT MARSHALL have the pivotal roles as star-crossed lovers during the World War I period. Unfortunately, the three leads are lifelong friends destined to have their lives shattered by the war. Love, guilt and fate play a part in their lives when March is blinded but keeps away from Oberon, unable to tell her the truth and letting her think he's died. As for the rest of the plot, with a screenplay by Lillian Hellman, you have to watch the film.

Nobody stumbles in any of the roles and, in fact, MERLE OBERON won her only Best Actress nomination as Kitty, warm and appealing as the romantic interest of both men. The tearful final reunion scene will remind you of the final touching scene from RANDOM HARVEST where Smitty and his lost love find each other again.

Modern viewers beware. You'll probably find some of the tear-jerking moments a bit too mawkish but remember, this was the 1930s.

Trivia note: Oberon was photographed much more flatteringly in another film she appeared in that year, THE SCARLET PIMPERNELL. What a difference a more flattering hairdo and period costumes make!!


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