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Black Angel (1946)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ...
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Catherine Bennett
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Marko
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Capt. Flood
Constance Dowling ...
Mavis Marlowe
Wallace Ford ...
Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh ...
Hotel Caretaker
Freddie Steele ...
Lucky
John Phillips ...
Kirk Bennett
Ben Bard ...
Bartender
Junius Matthews ...
Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin ...
Millie
Archie Twitchell ...
George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
Maurice St. Clair ...
Dancer (as St. Clair)
Vilova ...
Dancer
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Storyline

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 <vornoff@sonic.net>

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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)

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1.37 : 1
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Lyrics by Harry DeCosta
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Unknown, Simple, But Surprisingly Good and Credible
29 December 2005 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Los Angeles, when the singer Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) is found dead in her apartment, Kirk Bennett (John Phillips) is accused for the murder, since he had been blackmailed by the victim. Kirk's wife Catherine Bennett (June Vincent) believes her husband is innocent and joins to Martin Blair (Dan Duryea), the alcoholic former husband of Mavis, to investigate the crime and try to find the killer. They suspect of Marko (Peter Lorre), the owner of a night-club that was seen in Mavis' place in the night she was murdered, and they try to prove his possible guilty.

I had no information about "Black Angel", but being a great fan of film-noir, I decided to buy the DVD. I have just watched this unknown film, and I can say that it is surprisingly good. The simple and credible story is disclosed in a good pace and the plot point surprised me, since I did not have the slightest guess of who might be the criminal. The performances are very natural, and the black and white cinematography and the work of the camera are excellent, and in the beginning of the movie there is a spectacular traveling of the camera from Martin to Mavis apartment. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Anjo Diabólico" ("Diabolic Angel")


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