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Fallen Angel (1945)

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A slick con man arrives in a small town looking to make some money, but soon gets more than he bargained for.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Harry Kleiner (screen play), Marty Holland (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alice Faye ... June Mills
Dana Andrews ... Eric Stanton
Linda Darnell ... Stella
Charles Bickford ... Mark Judd
Anne Revere ... Clara Mills
Bruce Cabot ... Dave Atkins
John Carradine ... Professor Madley
Percy Kilbride ... Pop
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Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), thrown off a bus for not having the fare, begins to frequent a diner called "Pop's Eats" , whose main attraction is a beautiful waitress by the name of Stella seems disinterested in Eric, he decides if he had money she would pay attention to his advances. He marries June Mills ( Alice Faye ) for her money, and Stella is mysteriously murdered. Even though June learns of Eric's dishonest plans, she still loves him. It is with her support that he investigates the killing on his own, eventually discovering the shocking identity of the real killer. Written by Marc Andreu <mandreu@mediapark.es>

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Trivia

Alice Faye's rendition of "Slowly" (music by David Raksin, lyrics by Kermit Goell) is part of a deleted scene in which she is being driven to the beach by Dana Andrews. In the release print, the ballad is sung several times on the juke box byDick Haymes, as waitress Linda Darnell works behind the counter. Dick's 1945 Decca recording is featured on a 2003 CD box set from the British label Jasmine, entitled "The Golden Years of Dick Haymes." See more »

Goofs

Among the works listed on the church reader board for June Mills's upcoming organ recital are a Stabat Mater by Beethoven and a Requiem by Brahms. Beethoven never wrote a Stabat Mater, and the only Requiem by Brahms is a massive choral work, highly unlikely to be played as an organ solo. See more »

Quotes

June Mills: [last lines, June is sitting in a car outside the diner] Eric.
[Eric looks over to June, she motions him to get into the car, he does]
June Mills: Where to?
Eric Stanton: [Eric nestles up to his wife] Home.
[They drive off into the night]
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits appear on the screen as a series of road signs seen through the windshield of a bus driving at night time. See more »

Connections

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Soundtracks

Paducah
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene in the San Francisco hotel bar
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wonderful cinematography and dialogue
4 October 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

I liked this a lot, somehow having managed not to see it before. I am indebted to other reviewers for the information regarding Darryl Zanuck, Alice Faye and Linda Darnell. Seemingly Zanuck, head of Fox was dating Darnell and insisted on her part being beefed up at the expense of that of Faye. When she discovered, at the preview, a whole lot of her scenes had been given the chop, she was so annoyed she stomped out not to work again in film for many years. Now, here's where I differ with some viewers, I think it was a mistake. Darnell is good as the sluttish café worker, going out with everyone who asks, but when we see Faye with her hair down towards the end and playing dynamic scenes we surely realize that without intervention, Preminger's film would have been just that little better balanced. As it is it is still great to watch for the wonderful cinematography and dialogue. What's also good is that we are left in doubt, almost till the very end, just who the murderer was and hence why there was a killing anyway. Most enjoyable.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 March 1946 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

¿Ángel o diablo? See more »

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Budget:

$1,075,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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