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Angel Face (1953)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 February 1953 (USA)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.



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Complete credited cast:
Frank Jessup
Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mary Wilton
Mr. Charles Tremayne
Fred Barrett
Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ...
Arthur Vance
The Judge
Robert Gist ...
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)


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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FASTER! FASTER! FASTER! He thrilled to her lying lips...yield to her whispered promises...plunged into the trap her love had set for him! See more »


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Release Date:

11 February 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Murder Story  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


After Diane insists on paying for dinner, Frank declines her offer, noting that he can afford it even on his salary. He takes out his wallet and places money on the table. Diane then later says, "At least let me pay for my half." He obliges. She takes out her purse and gives him some cash. Frank then picks up the money he had put down (which would have covered the full bill), puts her money (covering half the bill) down in its place, and gives her all of his money, which she puts in her purse. Nobody ends up paying for Frank's half and Diane ends up with more money than she started with. See more »


Frank Jessup: [of Diane's 'evil' stepmother] ... If she's tryin' to kill you, why did she turn on the gas in her own room first?
Diane Tremayne: ...To make it look as though somebody else were guilty...
Frank Jessup: Is that what you did?
Diane Tremayne: Frank, are you accusing me?
Frank Jessup: I'm not accusing anybody. But if I were a cop, and not a very bright cop at that, I'd say that your story was as phony as a three dollar bill.
Diane Tremayne: ...How can you say that to me?
Frank Jessup: Oh, you mean after all we've been to each other?... Diane, look. I don't pretend to know what goes on ...
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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »


(foxtrot) (uncredited)
Music by Roy Webb and Gene Rose
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Mid-20th Century Obsession
15 November 2001 | by (Fruit Hill, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

Just saw this movie for the first time today and don't know why I've not seen it before; we taped it off TCM some time ago. It is haunting, as others have commented. I'm surprised that no one compares it to the admittedly somewhat overblown "Leave Her to Heaven" from 1945: the obsession with possession of those she loves by both Ellen and Diane is remarkable. I wonder if any scholars of women's film history have ventured here.

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