7.3/10
472
9 user 3 critic

Lost Angel (1943)

Passed | | Drama | 27 July 1944 (Mexico)
Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Rowland

Writers:

Isobel Lennart (original screenplay), Angna Enters (based on an idea by)
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Carnival promoters and gangsters back a math genius rube in a big money bridge tournament.

Director: Edwin L. Marin
Stars: Stuart Erwin, Robert Armstrong, Betty Furness
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Eric Wainwright (Van Johnson), a busy impresario, is besieged by hordes of wannabe concert stars, eager for their big break. One of them is Cynthia Potter (June Allyson), a talented pianist... See full summary »

Director: Robert Z. Leonard
Stars: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Gig Young
Certificate: Passed Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American newspaperman and his wife, caught in the London blitz, lose their unborn child in an air raid. Outraged, they visit a shelter for homeless children where they fall in love with ... See full summary »

Directors: W.S. Van Dyke, Herbert Kline
Stars: Robert Young, Laraine Day, Fay Bainter
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jane Budden, a country girl goes to the big city, determined to find and marry a wealthy man. Instead, she meets and marries Hiram Maxim, a struggling inventor. After their marriage, his ... See full summary »

Director: Frank Ryan
Stars: Myrna Loy, Don Ameche, Rhys Williams
Bad Bascomb (1946)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An outlaw, Bascomb, and his sidekick Yancey join a Mormon wagon train to hide out after a failed bank robbery. Bascomb undergoes a reformation as a result of his interactions with a young girl who becomes attached to him.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Wallace Beery, Margaret O'Brien, Marjorie Main
Drama | Horror | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz
Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The descendent of a ghost imprisoned for cowardice hopes to free the spirit by displaying courage when under duress.

Directors: Jules Dassin, Norman Z. McLeod
Stars: Charles Laughton, Robert Young, Margaret O'Brien
Certificate: Passed Comedy | Drama | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Six year old "Mike" joins her sister Barbara Ainsworth who plays in a classical orchestra during WW II.

Director: Henry Koster
Stars: Margaret O'Brien, José Iturbi, June Allyson
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two soldiers on sick leave spend three nights at the Hollywood Canteen before going back to active duty. With a little friendly help from John Garfield, Slim gets to kiss Joan Leslie, whom ... See full summary »

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Bette Davis, John Garfield, The Andrews Sisters
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

An American ballistics expert in Turkey finds himself targeted by Nazi agents. Safe passage home by ship is arranged for him, but he soon discovers that his pursuers are also on board.

Directors: Norman Foster, Orson Welles
Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dolores del Rio
Deep Valley (1947)
Certificate: Passed Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Uneducated and poor, Libby lives a sheltered life in a broken down shack with her unloving parents. When a work crew of San Quentin convicts arrives to put in a new road, she takes an ... See full summary »

Director: Jean Negulesco
Stars: Ida Lupino, Dane Clark, Wayne Morris
Certificate: Passed Drama | History | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the wake of Pearl Harbor, a young lieutenant leaves his expectant wife to volunteer for a secret bombing mission which will take the war to the Japanese homeland.

Director: Mervyn LeRoy
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Van Johnson, Robert Walker
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret O'Brien ... Alpha
James Craig ... Mike Regan
Marsha Hunt ... Katie Mallory
Philip Merivale ... Professor Peter Vincent
Henry O'Neill ... Professor Joshua Pringle
Donald Meek ... Professor Catty
Keenan Wynn ... Packy Roost
Alan Napier ... Dr. Woodring
Sara Haden ... Rhoda Kitterick
Kathleen Lockhart ... Mrs. Catty
Walter Fenner Walter Fenner ... Professor Endicott
Howard Freeman ... Professor Richards
Elisabeth Risdon ... Mrs. Pringle
Robert Blake ... Jerry (as Bobby Blake)
Edit

Storyline

Alpha's been raised along scientific principles, and will make Mike Regan a great human interest story for his paper. But when his interview prompts Alpha to run away from the institute and ask him to show her some magic, Mike gets more responsibility than he bargained for. Especially since another story of his, one involving gangsters, has also come home to roost. Written by Kathy Li

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Cantonese

Release Date:

27 July 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Engel See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

According to a contemporary story in The Hollywood Reporter, this film was the most popular in U.S. Army camps in the Southwest Pacific Theater of operations in March, 1944 - beating out 100 other films "by a wide margin". See more »

Goofs

When Mike Regan calls the institute from the nightclub, a busy signal is heard before he finishes dialing the last number. See more »

Quotes

Mike Regan: Professor, in just about a minute you're going to get the first paddling of your life!
Alpha: What's a paddling? Will I like it?
[smiles coyly]
See more »

Connections

References The Last Mile (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Marsha Hunt in nightclub
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Schmaltzy but amazingly endearing
6 February 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

A young Margaret O'Brien plays a very peculiar 6 year-old named Alpha. Alpha, it seems is a scientific project being conducted by a psychiatric research facility. In a case of extremely unethical behavior, they adopted her as an infant and spent all of her life cramming her head with knowledge--advanced mathematics, Chinese, economics and many other very advanced topics. Finally, after six years work, the institute is ready to have two outside investigators examine the child to determine their success in raising a "super-child". But, before this child genius can be examined, a reporter (James Craig) meets with her and thoroughly disarms the very adult-like O'Brien. Fascinated by Craig's wild stories about magic, giants and leprechauns (things any normal child would know about, but Alpha doesn't), she is so captivated that she later escapes to find Craig--who she seems to see as a great father figure.

This film is very, very schmaltzy--in other words, it's loaded with sentimentality and dripping with saccharine. And while this usually means you've got a bad film, despite it shamelessly tugging at your heart, the film actually works--mostly thanks to a sweet script and some nice performances. While not perfect (for example her crying seemed rather fake), O'Brien proved that for her age, she was an amazing actress. And Craig and Marsha Hunt (not exactly household names) also showed a nice hand at family comedy.

All in all, this is a wonderful film for most everyone. However, the easily jaded probably will find the going a bit too sticky--but as for this curmudgeon, I still found it charming.


13 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed