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Angel's Flight (1965)

| Crime, Drama, Thriller
A series of murders involving a stripper (Indus Arthur) are investigated by a hard-drinking reporter (William Thourlby) in this late-entry film-noir.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
William Thourlby ...
Ben Wiley
Warren J. Kemmerling ...
(as Warren Kimmerling)
Michael Fox ...
Jake the Bartender
Kathleen Gallant
Jayne Drennan
James Mastin
Lawrence Homer
Elliott Fayad ...
(as Elliot Fayad)
Dolly (as Rhue McClanahan)
Jean Cartwright
Edward P. Martin
Clint Prentice
James Cavanaugh
John Walker
Bert Conroy ...
(as Burt Conroy)


A series of murders involving a stripper (Indus Arthur) are investigated by a hard-drinking reporter (William Thourlby) in this late-entry film-noir.

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A Black and White Time Capsule
10 April 2006 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

An American Cinematheque presentation at The Egyptian.

Ultra low-budget late-noir flick that seems to blend the mood of classic noir with the sleaze of early drive-in exploitation; Hershell Gordon Lewis channeling Howard Hawks. Rightfully heralded more as a priceless historical record than as a quality movie, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the Bunker Hill area of downtown Los Angeles on the eve of its destruction. The seedy tenements, streets, bars and strip clubs are wonderfully evocative of a lost place and time.

The lurid and preposterous story, for what it's worth, involves Thourlby's recovering alcoholic being used as bait (he's a 'pretty boy', you see) to lure and capture a violent serial killer stalking attractive lotharios on Bunker Hill. In the process, he is drawn to the damaged and peroxided Liz, a particularly inept stripper at the local titty-bar.

The whole thing comes to a very sudden halt, the result, it turns out, of the film crew being busted by the police for filming without a permit.

As a no-budget thriller, 'Angel's Flight' is surprisingly enjoyable, not least because of some genuinely bizarre and at times charismatic performances from the leads, and a raucously sleazy jazz score. But the movie's real value is to Los Angeles history buffs as a brilliantly evocative record of Bunker Hill. It is in this latter role that I award it so highly.

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