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Angel Baby (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 14 May 1961 (USA)
In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the loveof one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand(Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Paul Strand
Mercedes McCambridge ... Sarah Strand
Joan Blondell ... Mollie Hays
Henry Jones ... Ben Hays
Burt Reynolds ... Hoke Adams
Salome Jens ... Angel Baby
Roger Clark ... Sam Wilcox
Dudley Remus Dudley Remus ... Otis Finch
R.L. Armstrong R.L. Armstrong ... The Shanty Man
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Big Cripple
Eddie Firestone ... Blind Man
Victoria Adams Victoria Adams ... Ma Brooks
Barbara Biggart Barbara Biggart ... Farm girl
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... The Killer
Theodore Lehmann Theodore Lehmann ... Willis Ferguson


In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the loveof one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand(Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named Jenny, affectionatelyknown as Angel Baby. When Paul prays for her, Jenny's voice miraculouslyreturns ... and the two fall in love, sparking jealousy in Paul's olderwife and Jenny's predatory lover (Reynolds). With Paul and Sarahquarreling furiously, Jenny leaves as a traveling evangelist and startsto believe that she possesses divine healing powers. But does she...?

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THE SINNER who became a DEVIL SMASHER!!! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »




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Release Date:

14 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonima peccati See more »

Filming Locations:

Homestead, Florida, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Madera Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Salome Jens replaced Debra Paget as "Angel Baby". See more »


Sarah Strand: The Lord is the healer of the afflicted. If ye have faith, ye shall be cured.
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Our Love's No Ordinary Thing
Music and lyrics by Wayne Shanklin
Performed during church revival meeting
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Angel Baby deserved a better reception.
21 October 2007 | by HollywoodshackSee all my reviews

Angel Baby was originally bought by Columbia in 1960 and shelved for a year to insure the success of that studio's similar "Elmer Gantry." On its own merit it is an outstanding film with Oscar worthy performances by the leads, Salome Jens as Angel Baby, and George Hamilton as the evangelist who heals her. Mercedes McCambridge slightly overacts as his jealous wife and Burt Reynolds is a stinker as Angel's ex-boyfriend. He even requested his part in the picture be larger, adding a scene where he almost rapes her, one of the films demerits. The outstanding photography by Haskell Wexler who shot the film with a mini-camera while he roller skated on the set is by far his best effort. Henry Jones and Joan Blondell do fine in their supporting roles as Angel Baby's true believers.

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