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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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Taglines:

HATING HER -YET FASCINATED BY HER...HE HAD TO BE RID OF HER! (reissue three-sheet poster-all caps) 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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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

Capt. Flood: What's been goin' on?
Catherine Bennett: He found the brooch.
Martin Blair: Turn it over.
Capt. Flood: Where'd you get this?
Martin Blair: From the woman I gave it to... after I killed my wife.
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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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Mr. Duryea's Better Side
12 November 2004 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

It wasn't that Dan Duryea never played nice people. He could be typecast as an evil villain most of the time, but occasionally he got cast as a nice guy. The best examples of this is the movie executive in KATHIE O (1958), who helps a young child actress save her normal life from her mother's clutches, and this film, where he tries to help a condemned man's wife prove the man is innocent. The chief suspect is a crooked nightclub owner (Peter Lorre), and Duryea and the young lady attempt to get the proof to convince a police detective (Broderick Crawford) that Lorre did the the crime. Duryea (a musician) is the boyfriend of the murdered woman, and has an interest in finding the perpetrator. And he does at the end, but at considerable cost.

A superior film noir, and well worth the watching.


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