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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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Constance Dowling ...
Mavis Marlowe
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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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Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartbreak
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Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed on record, voice of character played by Constance Dowling (dubbed)
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Good noir, though disappointing Woolrich
16 December 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

I have stumbled onto this movie several times. It doesn't seem to make a strong impression. It's well directed and acted but packs relatively little punch.

On the other hand, it has quite an amazing cast: Dan Duryea, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford ...! The lead female is played by an exotic June Vincent.

What really impressed me was the composition of the scenes in the first half: Minor characters are set in the foreground and the action takes place behind them. The set decoration is brilliant.

The plot is good but it is not the best Woolrich adaptation, by any means. But it's suspenseful and a lot of fun.


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