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Black Angel (1946)

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Martin Blair
June Vincent ... Catherine Bennett
Peter Lorre ... Marko
Broderick Crawford ... Police Captain Flood
Constance Dowling ... Mavis Marlowe
Wallace Ford ... Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jake
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Lucky
John Phillips ... Kirk Bennett
Ben Bard ... Bartender
Junius Matthews Junius Matthews ... Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin ... Millie
Archie Twitchell ... George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
Maurice St. Clair Maurice St. Clair ... Dancer (as St. Clair)
Vilova Vilova ... Dancer
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Storyline

Kirk Bennett is falsely sentenced to death for killing blackmailer Mavis Marlowe, ex-wife of nice-guy drunk Martin Blair. Bennett's stand-up wife Catherine tries to prove him innocent, enlisting the aid of Blair, who falls in love with her. Bennett's execution draws near as the two pose as piano player and singer, trying to get the goods on sleazy nightclub owner Marko, a prime suspect. Failing to nail Marko, Catherine goes off to meet with her husband, scheduled to die the next morning, and Blair slips into an alcoholic stupor before the real killer is revealed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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"...I had a wife that needed killing, and you had a husband that took care of it..." (reissue poster) See more »


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Angel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Roy William Neill. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Marko is talking on the telephone with George Mitchell, the columnist, he hangs up the phone while he is still talking to him. Mr. Marko says the words "Be seeing you" as he is placing the receiver in the cradle. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Bennett: I had to see you.
Martin Blair: Why... because I had a wife who needed killing and you had a husband who took care of it?
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Time Will Tell
(uncredited)
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed by June Vincent (dubbed) with Dan Duryea
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An Interesting & Creative Film-Noir
24 November 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

This interesting, creative film-noir is much less widely known than are most of the classics of the genre, but it is well worth seeing both for the story and the cast. In a relatively brief running time, it packs in a satisfying and unpredictable story with numerous turns, with a very good cast that work together quite well. The settings are well-conceived, and together with the photography and the rest of the production, they establish a convincing noir atmosphere.

Dan Duryea is always so good at straightforward villainous "noir" roles that he sometimes seems not to have received many opportunities to do anything else, and so it's very nice to see him get such an interesting role here. He delivers very well, believably portraying the different sides of a more complex character. He also works surprisingly well with June Vincent, as together they try to solve the mystery.

Peter Lorre does not have a very large role, but as you would expect, he makes the most of it. Toss in Broderick Crawford as the police captain, and you have a cast very well suited for film-noir.

The story is not all that complex, but it is well-written, features some well-conceived turns, and fits together nicely. Roy William Neill has a good touch with the material, not trying to make it fancier or bigger than it is, but simply crafting a solid, enjoyable movie that has just about all that you could reasonably ask for in a film-noir.


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