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
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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Release Date:

2 August 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Black Angel  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Catherine Bennett: Oh Marty!
Martin Blair: Don't be unhappy, Cathy. I'm not! Carver and Martin. It was a good team... while it lasted.
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Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »


Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed on record, voice of character played by Constance Dowling (dubbed)
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Vintage noir
26 March 2001 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This is very much the sort of quintessential forties film noir that fanciers of the genre get nostalgic for, with just the right balance of grit and glamor, low-budget ambiance and surehanded Hollywood artistry. Dan Duryea is even better here than in his Fritz Lang films (he's got a better role), Veronica Lake clone June Vincent is refreshingly un Lake-like, and Peter Lorre is utterly adorable as a hard-boiled L.A. nightclub owner with a heart of Viennese schlag.

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