The Tarnished Angels is a stumbling entry. Characters are mostly colorless, given static reading in drawn-out situations, and story line is lacking in punch. Film is designed as a follow-up to Written on the Wind, to take advantage of the principals both before and behind the camera.

The Tarnished Angels is a stumbling entry. Characters are mostly colorless, given static reading in drawn-out situations, and story line is lacking in punch. Film is designed as a follow-up to Written on the Wind, to take advantage of the principals both before and behind the camera.

The production is based on William Faulkner’s novel Pylon, and screenplay carries an air circus setting. Rock Hudson is intro’d as a seedy, but idealistic, New Orleans reporter covering a barnstorming show in that city. He falls for Dorothy Malone, trick parachutist-wife of Robert Stack, speed flyer and World War I ace, still living in his past glory as he and his small unit cruises about the country participating in air events.

Hudson appears in an unrealistic role to which he can add nothing and Stack spends most of the time with eagles in his eyes.

The Tarnished Angels

Production

Universal. Director Douglas Sirk; Producer Albert Zugsmith; Screenplay George Zuckerman; Camera Irving Glassberg; Editor Russell F. Schoengarth; Music Frank Skinner; Art Director Alexander Golitzen, Alfred Sweeney

Crew

(B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 87 MIN.

With

Rock Hudson Robert Stack Dorothy Malone Jack Carson Robert Middleton Troy Donahue
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