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Director:
Writers:
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
11 December 1952 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
She loved one man ... enough to KILL to get him!
Plot:
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Robert Mitchum ... Frank Jessup

Jean Simmons ... Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman ... Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall ... Mr. Charles Tremayne

Leon Ames ... Fred Barrett

Barbara O'Neil ... Mrs. Catherine Tremayne

Kenneth Tobey ... Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Arthur Vance
Griff Barnett ... The Judge
Robert Gist ... Miller
Morgan Farley ... Juror

Jim Backus ... 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)
Peggy Walker ... TV Girl (scenes deleted)
Gertrude Astor ... Matron (uncredited)
Lucille Barkley ... Waitress (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Det. Brady (uncredited)
Morgan Brown ... Harry - Proprietor of Diner (uncredited)
Mary Jane Carey ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Man (uncredited)
Clark Curtiss ... Reporter (uncredited)
Roy Darmour ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)
Jack Ellis ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Shirley - Barrett's Secretary (uncredited)
Alex Gerry ... Frank's Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Haines ... Stenotype Operator (uncredited)
Charmienne Harker ... Miss Preston - Secretary (uncredited)
Theresa Harris ... Nurse Theresa (uncredited)
James Hope ... Detective (uncredited)
Marvin Jones ... Policeman (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Detective (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Ito - Tremayne Butler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Reporter (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Doctor (uncredited)
Lewis Martin ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Mary Lee Martin ... Patient (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Bob Peoples ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charlotte Portney ... Patient (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Man (uncredited)
Cora Shannon ... Patient (uncredited)
George Sherwood ... Man (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Man (uncredited)
Amzie Strickland ... Woman (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ... Deputy Sheriff Kelly (uncredited)
Max Takasugi ... Chiyo - Tremayne Maid (uncredited)
Doreen Tryden ... Patient (uncredited)
Buck Young ... Assistant District Attorney (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) and
Oscar Millard (screenplay)

Chester Erskine (story)

Ben Hecht  uncredited

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
 
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
 
Cinematography by
Harry Stradling Sr. (director of photography) (as Harry Stradling)
 
Film Editing by
Frederic Knudtson 
 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Albert S. D'Agostino 
 
Set Decoration by
Jack Mills (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Michael Woulfe 
 
Makeup Department
Mel Berns .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Edward Killy .... unit manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Fleck .... assistant director (as Fred A. Fleck)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound (as Earl Wolcott)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Music Department
C. Bakaleinikoff .... music coordinator
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Howard Hughes .... presenter
 
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Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1953) | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2008) | USA:Approved (PCA #15993)

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Trivia:
In two different scenes a cab comes to the mansion, and both times it has the same license plate.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: (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.See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
What a subtle and yet outrageous movie, great plot and direction and acting, 11 February 2011
Author: secondtake from United States

Angel Face (1952)

An extraordinary film in many ways, including simply avoiding clichés. It starts with a slap, and ends with a real shock. Between it beguiles, it plays with your sympathies, it seems to toy with an obvious turn of events then subverts it.

Robert Mitchum is the obvious centerpiece for most viewers, and if you know him you know he's consistent in all his roles, including in this one where he plays a mechanic doing odd jobs. More impressive, for me, is the femme fatale, the leading woman, Jean Simmons, who not only has an angel face, but an expressive one, moving from lively and untarnished to devious, pained, or stubborn. The two of them do not have the on screen chemistry of some of the great romances in film--blame Mitchum, maybe, for his coolness, attractive as it is to the viewer, or blame the director, Otto Preminger.

Preminger, for all his genius and willingness to flaunt the censors, is a director's director, a little like Welles without the burden of virtuosity. His best films ("Man with the Golden Arm" and "Laura" and possibly "Anatomy of a Murder") present a romantic situation as if it is a given. It doesn't really develop into something steamy or passionate or emotionally necessary. That is, he's no Nicholas Ray in this sense. And so in "Angel Face" there is a romantic involvement that is believable but never quite compelling.

And usually this is perfect, because Mitchum and Simmons in their parts are wary of each other, or are not quite involved for the sake of love. Or for love alone. That's partly why the movie works, as a movie, in a slightly different way than we expect from this kind of romance. And it's not just a romance, of course, with the hint of murder in the fringes. And then a real murder, with a huge and awful twist.

There's no question this is a beautiful movie, and a compact one, moving through several phases of the plot with fluidity. The secondary actors are good, mainly the inimitable Herbert Marshall as the father. And the writing is particularly good, I think. This is a special movie the way Jacques Tourneur's "Out of the Past," which also stars Mitchum. It's has film noir strains, but it is something else completely, too. Special stuff.

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