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Fallen Angel (1945)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 5 December 1945 (USA)
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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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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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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 »

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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 »

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June Mills: [last lines, June is sitting in a car outside the diner] Eric.
[Eric looks over to June, she motions him to get into the car, he does]
June Mills: Where to?
Eric Stanton: [Eric nestles up to his wife] Home.
[They drive off into the night]
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Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene in the San Francisco hotel bar
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A classic example of Film Noir in the '40s! A hidden gem. A must see!
23 December 1998 | by See all my reviews

Many film critics have glossed over this wonderful movie. It is an engrossing story about a man (Dana Andrews) who marries a woman (Alice Faye) for her money, but seeks to kill her in order to inherit her fortune and hook up with vamp Linda Darnell.

The movie is star studded. It not only features Andrews, Darnell and Faye, but spectacular performances are made by Charles Bickford, Anne Revere and Bruce Cabot.

The movie is a typical film noir with a catchy plot. Otto Preminger makes great use of lighting to portray the typical murky image found so often in a hard boiled, sex-money drama as film noirs were meant to portray.

It is a shame that this movie is not available on video.


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