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The Tarnished Angels (1958)

Approved | | Drama | 11 January 1958 (USA)
Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

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Burke Devlin
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Roger Shumann
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LaVerne Shumann
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Matt Ord
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Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood ...
Sam Hagood
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Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)
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Hank
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Frank Burnham
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Ted Baker
Betty Utey ...
Dancing Girl
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Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel ...
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Eugene Borden ...
Claude Mollet
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In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Douglas Sirk reportedly stated in an interview this was the best film he directed. See more »

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When Laverne does her parachute jump, she is seen in close shots hanging by her arms from a trapeze-style bar. However in the longer shots, she is seen to be in a normal parachute harness as she lands. See more »

Quotes

Ted Baker: On the level, what'd you do last night?
Burke Devlin: Nothing much:just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.
Ted Baker: You better change bootleggers.
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Old Folks at Home
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If you like Douglas Sirk soap operas ...
6 December 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A Douglas Sirk soap opera based on the William Faulkner novel Pylon (George Zuckerman wrote the screenplay) that's overrated by Leonard Maltin, among others.

Robert Stack plays a former World War I flying ace who only finds work now in air shows, flying around pylons racing with other pilots like NASCAR drivers do around racetracks. Dorothy Malone plays his too attractive for "his" own good wife, especially with Rock Hudson around. Jack Carson plays Stack's socially dim-witted, too old to still be attractive, longtime friend and mechanic. The three (four with Stack's and Malone's 10 year old son) barely get by financially as they travel the country, with Stack's stunts providing their only means.

Hudson plays a reporter in the town they're currently in who finds a "how the mighty have fallen" story in the tension these three adults exude. Robert Middleton plays Stack's former boss, now competitor, and soon to be partner through circumstances he can't avoid.

Interesting, but average. None of the character's are particularly credible, and none of the acting performances are memorable either (though Malone is beautiful, even in black-and-white), save for Carson's Jiggs, if you can believe it.


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