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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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Dist. Atty. Judson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Grandon Rhodes ...
Prison Chaplain (scenes deleted)
Charles Tannen ...
TV Broadcaster (scenes deleted)
Ralph Volkie ...
Good Humor Man (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

At first Otto Preminger refused to direct this movie, because he hated the script. The normally reclusive Howard Hughes personally picked up Preminger in his car and persuaded him to make the movie. "I'm going to get even with that little bitch," Hughes told Preminger,referring to Jean Simmons, "and you're going to help me." He gave Preminger permission to rewrite the script, and promised him a bonus if he could finish the picture in 18 days. BY that time Simmons'contract with Hughes would have expired. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Catherine Tremayne: Charles, at times your charm wears dangerously thin. Right now it's so thin I can see through it.
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Connections

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Nostalgia
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(piano theme)
by Dimitri Tiomkin
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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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