Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

DVD - 2005
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"June Mills and her sister Clara live a quiet life in a small coastal town until Eric Stanton, a smooth-talking con man, comes into their lives. He seems to fall hard for June, but Clara believes he's interested only in the family fortune. Meanwhile, sultry waitress Stella catches Stanton's fancy and thinks he might be her ticket out of town. The local cop knows more than he's telling about his fellow citizens and their tangled relationships, which draw even tighter after a shocking murder"--Container.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005.
Edition: Full frame version.
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.

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🧳 Ever notice how many movies start with somebody blowing into town with a suitcase? Well, this is one. Dana Andrews has the gift of gab and not much else when he romances Linda Darnell, and who wouldn't, wotta babe! But she wants money and plenty of it, so he marries local rich weirdo Alice Faye. Then Linda turns up dead. Uh-oh! Plus, John Carradine!

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voisjoe1_0
Dec 06, 2020

Otto Preminger and Dana Andrews sneak some eroticism past the Hays Code censors in this film that follows their highly successful classic "Laura." The commentary track commenters are tickled as they spot Preminger getting another erotic twist past the censors who may have led lives too straight for their jobs. Things like hand subtly on ass, contented glow after having consummated a marriage, and a married couple lying in bed together.

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Nursebob
Apr 14, 2019

Despite a stellar cast which also includes John Carradine as a fake medium, a pushy Charles Bickford as Stanton’s romantic rival, and Anne Revere as June’s spinsterish sister who can smell a rat before he even gets off the bus, director Otto Preminger’s noirish melodrama never rises above the prosaic with its threadbare plot and a script that fizzles more than it sizzles. Lacking both the erotic tension and air of menace so important to the genre, Preminger’s main characters are mere cutouts pigeonholed into either good or bad—bad girl Linda Darnell’s midnight tresses and smokey eyes contrasting rather self-consciously with good girl Alice Faye’s sunshiny curls and blank-faced virginity. Unimaginative despite a little twist at the end and devoid of any onscreen chemistry, this is strictly paint-by-numbers Film Noir for beginners.

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Janice21383
Apr 21, 2011

A mystery man presents his beloved with a watch -- because he like to watch. Yes, that way. Welcome to Fallen Angel, 97 minutes of lust, greed, snappy comebacks and disrespect for authority. Less one star for a double standard: bad boys get redeemed. Bad girls get murdered. Bonus: Dana Andrews's daughter comments on the action. Funny, but...awkward.

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