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Tarnished Angel (1938)

Approved | | Drama | 28 October 1938 (USA)
The ex-fiancée of a young rich man becomes the companion of a jewel thief, forming a vaudeville act with face "cure", but after she discovers, that she can really cure people, she decides ... See full summary »

Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Saul Elkins (adaptation), Saul Elkins (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sally Eilers ... Carol Vinson, aka 'Sister Connie'
Lee Bowman ... Paul Montgommery
Ann Miller ... Violet 'Vi' McMaster
Alma Kruger ... Mrs. Harry Stockton
Paul Guilfoyle ... Edward 'Eddie' Fox
Jonathan Hale ... Detective Sgt. Edward Cramer
Vinton Hayworth ... Dan 'Dandy' Bennett (as Jack Arnold)
Cecil Kellaway ... Reginald 'Reggie' Roland
Janet Dempsey Janet Dempsey ... Jane Thompson
Hamilton MacFadden Hamilton MacFadden ... Reverend Summers
Byron Foulger ... Second Cripple
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The ex-fiancée of a young rich man becomes the companion of a jewel thief, forming a vaudeville act with face "cure", but after she discovers, that she can really cure people, she decides to quit. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Sensational Expose Of "Miracle Racket"!

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Drama

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 October 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anjo da Fé See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The costumes resembled those worn by Aimee Semple McPherson, a well-known evangelist at the time. See more »

Soundtracks

It's the Doctor's Orders
(1938)
Music by Sammy Fain (as Samuel Fain)
Lyrics by Lew Brown
Played during the opening credits and at the end
Sung by Ann Miller at the Club Tally-Ho
Reprised on piano by Sally Eilers while Ann Miller tap-danced
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Excellent -- All Things Considered

This was clearly made on a fairly low budget. Its director was certainly competent but not a distinguished one. When one thinks dark and murky, do the words Ann Miller come to mind? When one thinks star of movie about bad girl who tries a sham evangelist routine does Sally Eilers appear anywhere in the top 25 choices for this time period? Yet, Eilers is convincing. Miller is fine. The male performers are forgettable but adequate. And the mood it creates is on-target and chilling.

Had this come out a few years later, it would qualify as a film noir. The characters are hard-boiled. Eilers tries to dupe kindhearted society matron Alma Kruger. The children's hospital founded and operated by Kruger, which touches Eilers, is a precursor to the plot of "The Naked Kiss," which came almost three decades later.

This dark little movie is well worth a look.


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