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Angel Face (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 February 1953 (USA)
Ambulance driver Frank Jessup is ensnared in the schemes of the sensuous but dangerous Diane Tremayne.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent), Oscar Millard (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Frank Jessup
Jean Simmons ... Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman ... Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall ... Mr. Charles Tremayne
Leon Ames ... Fred Barrett
Barbara O'Neil ... Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
Kenneth Tobey ... Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf ... Arthur Vance
Griff Barnett ... The Judge
Robert Gist ... Miller
Morgan Farley ... Juror
Jim Backus ... District Attorney Judson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Charles Tannen ... TV Broadcaster (scenes deleted)
Ralph Volkie Ralph Volkie ... Good Humor Man (scenes deleted)
Peggy Walker Peggy Walker ... TV Girl (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

When Mrs. Tremayne is mysteriously poisoned with gas, ambulance driver Frank Jessup meets her refined but sensuous stepdaughter Diane, who quickly pursues and infatuates him. Under Diane's seductive influence, Frank is soon the Tremayne chauffeur; but he begins to suspect danger under her surface sweetness. When he shows signs of pulling away, Diane schemes to get him in so deep he'll never get out. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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So warm... So lovely... So EVIL! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese

Release Date:

11 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Murder See more »

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Budget:

$1,039,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Diane's Jaguar XK-120 had a MSRP of $3,940 in the USA (about $40,200 in 2017). In all, about 12,000 were made from 1948 to 1954. In excellent condition, at auction in 2017, that car could fetch well into six figures. See more »

Goofs

After Diane insists on paying for dinner, Frank declines her offer, noting that he can afford it even on his salary. He takes out his wallet and places money on the table. Diane then later says, "At least let me pay for my half." He obliges. She takes out her purse and gives him some cash. Frank then picks up the money he had put down (which would have covered the full bill), puts her money (covering half the bill) down in its place, and gives her all of his money, which she puts in her purse. Nobody ends up paying for Frank's half and Diane ends up with more money than she started with. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Catherine Tremayne: Charles, at times your charm wears dangerously thin. Right now it's so thin I can see through it.
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Connections

Featured in She Devil (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh, Promise Me
(uncredited)
Music by Reginald De Koven
Lyrics by Clement W. Scott
Sung by the prison hospital inmates at the wedding
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excellent Preminger
14 September 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Jean Simmons meets the man of her dreams just as he walks into a nightmare in "Angel Face," an Otto Preminger film released in 1952. Simmons is excellent as a beautiful young woman who hates her wealthy stepmother, adores her father, and is obsessed with an ambulance driver, played by Robert Mitchum, who comes to the family home when it appears Diane's stepmother tried to kill herself. Although the victim claims that someone tried to kill her...

Mitchum brings a perfect touch of ne'er do well and untrustworthiness to the role. He has ambition, he has a job, but he's a jerk to his girlfriend (Mona Freeman) and seems more than happy to take up with Diane when she pursues him.

Simmons, though not as striking as Vivien Leigh, has a similar look - she's petite, with a beautiful figure and facial structure, and gorgeous eyes. Her performance as Diane is right on - even the cynical Mitchum character can't quite figure her out, even when he thinks he has. She keeps her stepmother off-balance, too. There are some wonderful touches - when she walks into her father's house toward the end of the film, without any dialogue, one knows she can no longer live there.

The ending is breathtaking. This Preminger film has the pace lacking in "Fallen Angel," which is another character study of a sort.


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