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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

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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 ... 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)
Gertrude Astor ... Matron (uncredited)
Lucille Barkley ... Waitress (uncredited)
Larry J. Blake ... Detective Lt. Ed 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)
Sayre Dearing ... Courtroom Spectator (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)
Colin Kenny ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Kumagai ... Ito - Tremayne Butler (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Courtroom 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)
Grandon Rhodes ... Prison Chaplain (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Sammy Shack ... Man (uncredited)
Cora Shannon ... Patient (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Courtroom Spectator (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:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #15993) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The two climactic auto scenes were filmed at Cielo Drive and Davies Drive in Beverly Hills, California.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last NightSee more »

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43 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
In Jean Simmons, Robert Mitchum meets a dangerously demented femme fatale, 29 June 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

In Otto Preminger's Angel Face, Robert Mitchum lays out his credo: `Never be the innocent bystander. That's the guy who always gets hurt.' He's being disingenuous; he's not quite so innocent as he pretends – but he still ends up getting hurt.

An emergency medical technician, Mitchum responds to a call at a mansion high up a hill. There a wealthy woman (Barbara O'Neil) has almost asphyxiated from the gas in her unlit bedroom fireplace. Was it a suicide bid, or something more sinister? Her husband (Herbert Marshall), a burnt-out novelist she supports, can't explain it. Neither can his daughter by a previous marriage (Jean Simmons).

Mitchum finds Simmons quite the dish, but she finds in him something more than a passing fancy. She jumps into her sleek sports car, follows the ambulance back down to the hospital and waylays Mitchum in a diner. Generous with his affections, Mitchum breaks a date with his steady girlfriend (Mona Freeman) in order to spend a perfectly `innocent' evening of dining and dancing with Simmons.

But his experience with fractures and coronaries hasn't equipped him to deal with a dangerously scrambled psyche. Simmons first invites Freeman to lunch so she can humiliate her by spilling all the details, cunningly tweaked up, of her `innocent' rendezvous with Mitchum. Then she arranges for him to take on the job of family chauffeur, installing him in a garage apartment (just like Joe Gillis in Sunset Blvd.). And she hits up her stepmother to lend Mitchum the money to start up his own business as a car mechanic. Telling himself that he's just looking out for Number One, Mitchum blithely lets her erase any boundaries between them.

Klaxons start bleating, however, when she pounds on his bedroom door in the middle of the night with a cockamamie story about O'Neil hovering over her bed and playing with gas again; the earlier incident, she claims, was just a smokescreen. She tells him, too, that the stepmother reneged on his loan – in order to get back at her. Mitchum's wariness enrages Simmons and redoubles her delusional obstinacy.

When her father and stepmother perish in a spectacular freak accident (their car plummeted in reverse down the steep ravine abutting the driveway), the heiress Simmons finds herself charged with murder. As does Mitchum – he had the expertise to sabotage the vehicle. Wily attorney Leon Ames (in a small but succulent part) sees the defendants' marriage as the path to acquittal. Which leaves Mitchum with a Hobson's choice – risking either the gas chamber or the psychotic wrath of a woman he never loved....

Though Preminger can deploy twists of plot with the best of them, he had a subtler knack of keeping his audience off-balance, never quite sure in which direction the story might develop. So for a while we share the perplexity of Mitchum, so laid back that he doesn't grasp that he's playing with a five-alarm blaze until it's too late; opportunistic but lazy, he's the perfect stooge.

Simmons may have been working within her limitations in her low-voltage, passive-aggressive performance, but she fits the character, who operates in a world inhabited only by herself. She's not a duplicitous vixen scheming to get what she wants; what she wants is the only reality she knows. Preminger recognizes this, and gives her one of the movie's quietest, most freighted scenes: During one of Mitchum's flights from her, she snoops as if sleepwalking through his rooms, finally curling up in his easy chair, his sport coat draped around her shoulders against the dawn chill. It's an eerie calm before the final storm.

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