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Angel Face (1952)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  11 December 1952 (USA)
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Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Frank Jessup
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Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman ...
Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall ...
Mr. Charles Tremayne
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Fred Barrett
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Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
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Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Arthur Vance
Griff Barnett ...
The Judge
Robert Gist ...
Miller
Morgan Farley ...
Juror
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District Attorney Judson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Tannen ...
TV Broadcaster (scenes deleted)
Ralph Volkie ...
Good Humor Man (scenes deleted)
Peggy Walker ...
TV Girl (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When Mrs. Tremayne is mysteriously poisoned with gas, ambulance driver Frank Jessup meets her refined but sensuous stepdaughter Diane, who quickly pursues and infatuates him. Under Diane's seductive influence, Frank is soon the Tremayne chauffeur; but he begins to suspect danger under her surface sweetness. When he shows signs of pulling away, Diane schemes to get him in so deep he'll never get out. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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She loved one man ... enough to KILL to get him!


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Trivia

When asked to list his top ten favorite American sound films in 1964, Jean-Luc Godard listed this film as one of his picks. See more »

Goofs

(00:02:56) The shadow of the microphone at the top of the headboard is visible, right after Mrs. Tremayne says "Someone tried to murder me." Then the microphone (shadow) turns to the left towards another actor. See more »

Quotes

Frank Jessup: [to Mary] You know something? You're a pretty nice guy - for a girl.
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Soundtracks

I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night
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Music by Jimmy McHugh
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A haunting theme ... and unforgettable sequences.
4 February 2000 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Angel Face", according to one film journal, has become a cult film with a strong repeat-viewer base ... a bit like the children at a scary movie who cover their eyes but continue to peek through fingers just the same. I'm an "AF" fan, too. One of the film's most powerful aspects is the utterly chilling soundtrack score with its turbulent minor-key piano. To my mind, Dimitri Tiomkin never composed a more appropriate theme than this. And during the lonely nighttime scene when Jean Simmons' character revisits the windswept driveway where her parents had met their horrific death, when the wordless chorus swells into Tiomkin's theme, see if you don't agree that this is one of cinema's most memorable moments. Highly recommended to all except young children and sensitive adults for its surprising and shocking imagery.


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