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Black Angel (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | 2 August 1946 (USA)
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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Mavis Marlowe
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Joe
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Hotel Caretaker
Freddie Steele ...
Lucky
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Kirk Bennett
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Bartender
Junius Matthews ...
Dr. Courtney
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Millie
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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

When Mr. Marko is talking on the telephone with George Mitchell, the columnist, he hangs up the phone while he is still talking to him. Mr. Marko says the words "Be seeing you" as he is placing the receiver in the cradle. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Flood: What's been goin' on?
Catherine Bennett: He found the brooch.
Martin Blair: Turn it over.
Capt. Flood: Where'd you get this?
Martin Blair: From the woman I gave it to... after I killed my wife.
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

I Want to Be Talked About
(uncredited)
Written by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by June Vincent (dubbed) with Dan Duryea
Performed by Wally Webb
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Dan Duryea: a Noir Icon
13 April 2000 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

Dan Duryea appeared in a number of Films Noirs and always brought intensity and conviction to his villain roles. Something about his looks and voice sums up the essence of Noir.

Fortunately for Film Noir enthusiasts, "Black Angel" has finally been issued on video. This is an extremely enjoyable dark drama with a few variations of its own: first, the casting of Duryea in the lead is a wonderful asset, since he was an excellent actor and his previous screen incarnations had type-cast him as a weakling or a sleazy con artist; second, Duryea's character, a depressed musician is an unexpected turn on the noir hero, not a jaded detective, or ex-con loner. Further, the presence of Peter Lorre in any film, especially playing a villain is always welcome. And Constance Dowling has a memorable moment on screen as a tempermental singer.

Based on a Cornell Woolrich story, the movie's intrigue is sufficiently convoluted, though not as much as in some other films of this type. "Black Angel" is true Film Noir in its depiction of a down and out protagonist up against a seemingly unstoppable dark force.


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