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Lost Angel (1943)

Approved | | 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)
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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 Josh 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)
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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

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Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 July 1944 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Der kleine Engel See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Academy Award Theater" broadcast a 30 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 18, 1946 with Margaret O'Brien reprising her film role. 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

Katie Mallory: [makes a face at Alpha]
Alpha: [gasps]
Mike Regan: Katie behave yourself! Do you want her to think you're unintelligent?
Katie Mallory: I have to watch my I.Q. when I'm around her?
Alpha: Do you have a high intelligence quotient?
Katie Mallory: No. I'm a middle grade moron.
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Connections

References The Good Earth (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Got You Under My Skin
Written by Cole Porter
Sung by Marsha Hunt in nightclub
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Something missing
17 October 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In years in which many orphans were being made by the war I'm sure that Lost Angel held a special meaning for 1944 audiences. Although World War II is never mentioned it was the overwhelming event of the time and on everyone's mind as this film was seen in theaters then.

Margaret O'Brien stars and plays an orphan child who was given over to an institution to be raised scientifically without family. At the age of six she can read and converse in several languages, but in every one of them knows there's something missing she should have.

A human interest story where free wheeling reporter James Craig is just mentioning ordinary childhood experiences makes this very smart girl know there's something out there, some experiences she won't have makes her run away to Craig.

Craig is like Nathan Detroit to committed to his carousing lifestyle to settle down with his Adelaide, Marsha Hunt. But O'Brien does a great job in cementing that relationship.

The film really belongs to O'Brien who will melt one of the Gorgon's freshly made stone creations with her performance. There's also a nice one from Keenan Wynn as a gangster from one of Craig's other stories. He and O'Brien play well off each other.

Although the dimension of World War II is not there for today's audience Lost Angel still is fine entertainment.


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