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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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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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Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »


I Want to Be Talked About
Written by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by June Vincent (dubbed) with Dan Duryea
Performed by Wally Webb
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Minor Noir classic is a treat.
3 December 2002 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

Don't miss this great Universal film noir mystery! Excellent cast brings to life a gritty story of neer-do-well songwriter, the murder of a dispicable sexy blackmailer, and the death sentence of seemingly the wrong man. Throw in wise guy police inspector Broderick Crawford, sinister nightclub owner Peter Lorre (in a fascinating role reversal from "Casablanca"--this time HE is the club owner)Peter Lorre is ALWAYS a treat!!

What a shame Dan Duryea didn't do more pictures! He's very effective in his role. The beautiful love interest June Vincent is another who should have made more pictures--she's very sweet and believeable.

This is another example of the Film Noir genre which was so popular in the 40s and early 50s--gorgeous photography, mood and plot twists!

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