Review: ‘Fallen Angel’

There are lapses in Angel from the story viewpoint and character development, but these are few and unlikely to militate against the film's over-all entertainment values. Pic deals with a trollop (Linda Darnell) who gets a flock of guys on the string, then gets bumped off. The yarn [from a novel by Marty Holland] revolves around which of her admirers committed the deed.

There are lapses in Angel from the story viewpoint and character development, but these are few and unlikely to militate against the film’s over-all entertainment values. Pic deals with a trollop (Linda Darnell) who gets a flock of guys on the string, then gets bumped off. The yarn [from a novel by Marty Holland] revolves around which of her admirers committed the deed.

Linked to the plot is the story’s basic romantic tie up between Alice Faye and Dana Andrews, the former as a respectable, wealthy small-town gal who is ripe for the takings, and Andrews is the guy who starts out to do the taking, even marrying her to do it, his idea being to get enough moola so he can cop the other gal.

This is Faye’s first straight dramatic part and she handles herself well, generally, though her one dramatic scene could have gotten better direction. Andrews remains one of the better young dramatic actors in this film though his character is not always too clearly defined in the writing. Darnell looks the trollop part and plays it well.

Fallen Angel

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Otto Preminger; Producer Otto Preminger; Screenplay Harry Kleiner; Camera Joseph LaShelle; Editor Harry Reynolds; Music David Raksin; Art Director Lyle R. Wheeler, Leland Fuller

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1946. Running time: 97 MIN.

With

Alice Faye Dana Andrews Linda Darnell Charles Bickford Anne Revere Bruce Cabot
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