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Black Angel (1946)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery  |  2 August 1946 (USA)
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When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Constance Dowling ...
Mavis Marlowe
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Hotel Caretaker
Freddie Steele ...
John Phillips ...
Kirk Bennett
Ben Bard ...
Junius Matthews ...
Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin ...
Archie Twitchell ...
George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
Maurice St. Clair ...
Dancer (as St. Clair)
Vilova ...


Kirk Bennett is falsely sentenced to death for killing blackmailer Mavis Marlowe, ex-wife of nice-guy drunk Martin Blair. Bennett's stand-up wife Catherine tries to prove him innocent, enlisting the aid of Blair, who falls in love with her. Bennett's execution draws near as the two pose as piano player and singer, trying to get the goods on sleazy nightclub owner Marko, a prime suspect. Failing to nail Marko, Catherine goes off to meet with her husband, scheduled to die the next morning, and Blair slips into an alcoholic stupor before the real killer is revealed. Written by Doug Sederberg <>

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Duryea! ...that fascinating tough-guy of "Scarlet Street"!


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2 August 1946 (USA)  »

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The Black Angel  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mr. Duryea's Better Side
12 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It wasn't that Dan Duryea never played nice people. He could be typecast as an evil villain most of the time, but occasionally he got cast as a nice guy. The best examples of this is the movie executive in KATHIE O (1958), who helps a young child actress save her normal life from her mother's clutches, and this film, where he tries to help a condemned man's wife prove the man is innocent. The chief suspect is a crooked nightclub owner (Peter Lorre), and Duryea and the young lady attempt to get the proof to convince a police detective (Broderick Crawford) that Lorre did the the crime. Duryea (a musician) is the boyfriend of the murdered woman, and has an interest in finding the perpetrator. And he does at the end, but at considerable cost.

A superior film noir, and well worth the watching.

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