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William Faulkner (novel)
George Zuckerman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
11 January 1958 (USA) See more »
Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Burke Devlin

Robert Stack ... Roger Shumann

Dorothy Malone ... LaVerne Shumann

Jack Carson ... Jiggs
Robert Middleton ... Matt Ord

Alan Reed ... Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood ... Sam Hagood
Christopher Olsen ... Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)

Robert J. Wilke ... Hank

Troy Donahue ... Frank Burnham

William Schallert ... Ted Baker
Betty Utey ... Dancing Girl
Phil Harvey ... Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel ... Young Man
Eugene Borden ... Claude Mollet
Steve Ellis ... Mechanic (as Stephen Ellis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Baldwin ... Pylon Air Race Announcer (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ... Chef at Roger's Memorial Dinner (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Newspaper Office Clerk (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
Writing credits
William Faulkner (novel "Pylon")

George Zuckerman (screenplay)

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Irving Glassberg (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
Art Direction by
Alexander Golitzen 
Alfred Sweeney 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Russell A. Gausman 
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur Mosier .... second assistant director
David Silver .... assistant director
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Corson Jowett .... sound
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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91 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Douglas Sirk reportedly stated in an interview this was the best film he directed.See more »
Anachronisms: Despite the fact that the story is taking place in the early 1930s, all of Dorothy Malone's clothing, hairstyles and make-up are strictly 1957, the year the picture was filmed.See more »
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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Swinging in the Wind, 17 August 2010
Author: wes-connors from Earth

Depression-era newspaper reporter Rock Hudson (as Burke Devlin) rescues a boy from teasing, and returns him to his parents. As it turns out, nine-year-old Chris Olsen (as Jack) is the son of World War I hero Robert Stack (as Roger Shumann), who is using his piloting muscle in a New Orleans carnival act known as "The Flying Shumanns". Mr. Stack's wife, curvaceously beautiful blonde Dorothy Malone (as LaVerne), does a parachute stunt. And, the couple's mechanic, chubby Jack Carson (as Jiggs), keeps the plane's engine humming. The quartet appears hale and hearty, but are destitute when Mr. Carson spends their meager funds on a pair of boots. Instead of moving into a "Hooverville", they go to live in Mr. Hudson's small apartment.

Hudson, who drinks and smokes like a reporter should, wants to do a story on "The Flying Shumanns" for the Picayune.

In flashback, we learn Malone married Stack (whilst in the "family way") instead of Carson, who was the man teased for being young Olsen's real father in the opening segment. Carson is still in love with Malone, who seems to be torn between Hudson and Stack. But, that's not all. Stack's aviating rival, rotund Robert Middleton (as Matt Ord), is also in love with Malone. And, after a flying tragedy involving Stack and Middleton's pilot (Troy Donahue), Malone is sent to prostitute herself in exchange for a new plane (for Stack). This tests how much each of the men - Hudson, Stack, Carson, Middleton - love Malone.

And, it may also reveal who Malone will take to the closing credits…

William Faulkner's "The Tarnished Angels" reunites director Douglas Sirk and Hudson with two of their "Written on the Wind" (1956) co-stars, Malone and Stack. They are certainly attractive, but seem more like they are posturing for a 1950s (where these folks should have been put) glamour magazine than starring as 1930s New Orleans depression-era denizens. The most ludicrous sequence involves Malone showing off her underwear during an impossible to imagine parachute and swing stunt - the arm muscles required for this feat would be considerable. The carnival backdrop is a highlight, it's used well in the opening and climax.

****** The Tarnished Angels (11/21/57) Douglas Sirk ~ Rock Hudson, Dorothy Malone, Robert Stack, Jack Carson

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