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Fallen Angel (1945)

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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.



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Complete credited cast:
Clara Mills


Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), thrown off a bus for not having the fare, begins to frequent a diner called "Pop's Eats" , whose main attraction is a beautiful waitress by the name of Stella seems disinterested in Eric, he decides if he had money she would pay attention to his advances. He marries June Mills ( Alice Faye ) for her money, and Stella is mysteriously murdered. Even though June learns of Eric's dishonest plans, she still loves him. It is with her support that he investigates the killing on his own, eventually discovering the shocking identity of the real killer. Written by Marc Andreu <mandreu@mediapark.es>

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Release Date:

20 March 1946 (Argentina)  »

Also Known As:

¿Ángel o diablo?  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Alice Faye's rendition of "Slowly" (music by David Raksin, lyrics by Kermit Goell) is part of a deleted scene in which she is being driven to the beach by Dana Andrews. In the release print, the ballad is sung off screen by the "radio voice" of Dick Haymes, as waitress Linda Darnell works behind the counter. Dick's 1945 Decca recording is featured on a 2003 CD box set from the British label Jasmine, entitled "The Golden Years of Dick Haymes." See more »


Among the works listed on the church reader board for June Mills's upcoming organ recital are a Stabat Mater by Beethoven and a Requiem by Brahms. Beethoven never wrote a Stabat Mater, and the only Requiem by Brahms is a massive choral work, highly unlikely to be played as an organ solo. See more »


Eric Stanton: Twenty-one, the Stork Club, that's where you belong - smothered in mink!
Stella: And do you see me with a ring on my finger? Someone to give me a home?
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The opening credits appear on the screen as a series of road signs seen through the windshield of a bus driving at night time. See more »


Referenced in Altered Carbon: Fallen Angel (2018) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene in the San Francisco hotel bar
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Preminger's follow-up to Laura quite interesting if flawed
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Otto Preminger rarely gets credit for being one of the founding fathers of film noir; in addition to this film, there's of course Laura, and Angel Face, Where the Sidewalk Ends, the Thirteenth Letter, and other films with a heavy noir influence (Man with the Golden Arm). Fallen Angel's least interesting aspect (interestingly) is its murder plot. The tainted, ambiguous relationships that Dana Andrews forges when he drifts into a California coastal village make this film a dark study in romantic pathology. It also features Linda Darnell at her most sultry and mercenary; Alice Faye (her only appearance, I think, in the noir cycle); John Carradine; Charles Bickford (as a policeman with a past); Ann Revere (whom most of us think of as a tenement mom to John Garfield); and even Percy Kilbride before his Pa Kettle days. Andrews' very layered tension between rich good gal Faye and gold-digging bad girl Darnell keeps the viewer off balance all the way through.

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