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The Tarnished Angels ()


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Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

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Burke Devlin
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Roger Shumann
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LaVerne Shumann
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Jiggs
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Matt Ord
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Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood ...
Sam Hagood
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Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)
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Hank
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Frank Burnham
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Ted Baker
Betty Utey ...
Dancing Girl
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Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel ...
Young Man
Eugene Borden ...
Claude Mollet
Steve Ellis ...
Mechanic (as Stephen Ellis)
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Pylon Air Race Announcer (uncredited) (voice)
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Workman on Mardi Gras Float (uncredited)
Jack Chefe ...
Chef at Roger's Memorial Dinner (uncredited)
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Newspaper Office Clerk (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ...
Frantic Man at Flying Show (uncredited)

Directed by

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Douglas Sirk

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William Faulkner ... (novel "Pylon")
 
George Zuckerman ... (screenplay)

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Albert Zugsmith ... producer

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Frank Skinner

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Irving Glassberg ... director of photography

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Russell F. Schoengarth

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Alexander Golitzen
Alfred Sweeney

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Oliver Emert
Russell A. Gausman

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Bill Thomas

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Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

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Wilbur Mosier ... second assistant director
David Silver ... assistant director

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Corson Jowett ... sound
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Clifford Stine ... special photography

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Henry Mancini ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)
Herman Stein ... composer: stock music (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Also Known As
  • Pylon (United States)
  • La ronde de l'aube (France)
  • Duell in den Wolken (Germany)
  • Ángeles sin brillo (Spain)
  • O Meu Maior Pecado (Portugal)
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  • 91 min
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Trivia During the location shooting in San Diego of this film, Robert Stack's wife was about to have their first child. While filming the tense scene where Stack propositions his own wife (played by Dorothy Malone), suddenly a plane flew right by the cameras with letters tailing four feet tall proclaiming IT'S A GIRL! Rock Hudson had arranged to have the hospital call immediately when the news came and hired a stunt pilot to tow the message behind the plane. Stack was deeply moved by Hudson's generosity, saying in his autobiography, "It's a moment I've never forgotten. Anybody who tells me that Rock Hudson isn't a first-class gent had better put up his dukes." See more »
Goofs Despite the fact that the story is taking place in the early 1930s, all of Dorothy Malone's clothing, hairstyles and make-up are strictly 1957, the year the picture was filmed. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992). See more »
Soundtracks Old Folks at Home See more »
Quotes Ted Baker: On the level, what'd you do last night?
Burke Devlin: Nothing much:just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.
Ted Baker: You better change bootleggers.
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