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Angel Face (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 December 1952 (USA)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

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Frank Jessup
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Diane Tremayne Jessup
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Mary Wilton
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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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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

Prior to a 6/21/11 airing on TCM, Robert Osborne revealed that this was the final film of Jean Simmons under her contract with Howard Hughes--he'd bought it without her knowledge from J. Arthur Rank Studios in England. Her displeasure led her to cut her hair off, knowing that Hughes preferred long-haired leading ladies and thinking it might prevent him from utilizing her before the contract's end date. Instead, he put her in this film and she was given a wig to wear throughout. He also promised director Otto Preminger a bonus if he finished shooting before Simmons' contract expires, which he collected. See more »

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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 »

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Frank Jessup: [to Mary] You know something? You're a pretty nice guy - for a girl.
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Referenced in Sweesters: Virtual Room: Cara d'àngel (2009) See more »

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Music by Roy Webb and Gene Rose
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A Perfect Female Fatale
4 June 2013 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In California, the ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) and his partner head to a mansion in Beverly Hills to assist the millionaire Mrs. Catherine Tremayne (Barbara O'Neil) that was poisoned with gas, but her doctor had already medicated her. When Frank is leaving the house, he meets Catherine's twenty year-old stepdaughter Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) that follows him in her Jaguar. After-hours, they go to a restaurant and Frank finds an excuse to his girlfriend Mary Wilton (Mona Freeman) to not visit her and he dates Diane and they go to a night-club. Diane has a crush on Frank and on the next morning, she meets Mary and tells to her what Frank and she did.

Frank and Mary are saving money to open a garage since he is an efficient mechanic. Diane convinces Frank to be better paid working as a chauffeur for her family. Soon Frank learns that Diane hates her stepmother and he decides to quit his job. But Diane seduces him and he stay with the Tremayne family. When Mr. and Mrs. Tremayne have a fatal car accident, Diane and Frank become the prime suspect of the police and they go to court charged of murder. Now their only chance is the strategy of the efficient defense attorney Fred Barrett (Leon Ames).

"Angel Face" is among the best film-noir I have seen, with a perfect female fatale, amoral story and dark conclusion. Jean Simmons is impressive, with Oedipus complex and her angel face that manipulates Frank and even her stepmother. The melancholic music score completes this great movie. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Alma em Pânico" ("Soul in Panic")


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