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Black Angel (1946)

When Kirk Bennett is convicted of a singer's murder, his wife tries to prove him innocent...aided by the victim's ex-husband.

Director:

Roy William Neill

Writers:

Roy Chanslor (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (based on novel by)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dan Duryea ... Martin Blair
June Vincent ... Catherine Bennett
Peter Lorre ... Marko
Broderick Crawford ... Police Captain Flood
Constance Dowling ... Mavis Marlowe
Wallace Ford ... Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh ... Jake
Freddie Steele Freddie Steele ... Lucky
John Phillips ... Kirk Bennett
Ben Bard ... Bartender
Junius Matthews Junius Matthews ... Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin ... Millie
Archie Twitchell ... George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
Maurice St. Clair Maurice St. Clair ... Dancer (as St. Clair)
Vilova Vilova ... Dancer
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Storyline

Kirk Bennett is falsely sentenced to death for killing blackmailer Mavis Marlowe, ex-wife of nice-guy drunk Martin Blair. Bennett's stand-up wife Catherine tries to prove him innocent, enlisting the aid of Blair, who falls in love with her. Bennett's execution draws near as the two pose as piano player and singer, trying to get the goods on sleazy nightclub owner Marko, a prime suspect. Failing to nail Marko, Catherine goes off to meet with her husband, scheduled to die the next morning, and Blair slips into an alcoholic stupor before the real killer is revealed. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Taglines:

"...I had a wife that needed killing, and you had a husband that took care of it..." (reissue poster) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 August 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Black Angel See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The husband was in prison wearing a jump suit, a white dress shirt and a tie. In jail or prison, no inmate has a tie, belt, or shoe laces. In fact, all items are taken away from the inmate when booked. See more »

Goofs

When Mr. Marko is talking on the telephone with George Mitchell, the columnist, he hangs up the phone while he is still talking to him. Mr. Marko says the words "Be seeing you" as he is placing the receiver in the cradle. See more »

Quotes

Catherine Bennett: Oh Marty!
Martin Blair: Don't be unhappy, Cathy. I'm not! Carver and Martin. It was a good team... while it lasted.
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Connections

Featured in Frances Farmer Presents: Black Angel (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Continental Gentleman
(uncredited)
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
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Good noir, though disappointing Woolrich
16 December 2007 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

I have stumbled onto this movie several times. It doesn't seem to make a strong impression. It's well directed and acted but packs relatively little punch.

On the other hand, it has quite an amazing cast: Dan Duryea, Peter Lorre, Broderick Crawford ...! The lead female is played by an exotic June Vincent.

What really impressed me was the composition of the scenes in the first half: Minor characters are set in the foreground and the action takes place behind them. The set decoration is brilliant.

The plot is good but it is not the best Woolrich adaptation, by any means. But it's suspenseful and a lot of fun.


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