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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:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Like her character Mavis, Constance Dowling would die at a relatively young age. She passed away at age 49 due to cardiac arrest. The same fate would befall her son Peter Tors, who died in 1998 at age 41. 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

Marko: Now may I have the box and the letter? Remember Catherine... you promised me to be a good girl.
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Connections

Referenced in The Black Dahlia (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Heartbreak
(uncredited)
Music by Edgar Fairchild
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Performed on record, voice of character played by Constance Dowling (dubbed)
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Vintage noir
26 March 2001 | by Anne_SharpSee all my reviews

This is very much the sort of quintessential forties film noir that fanciers of the genre get nostalgic for, with just the right balance of grit and glamor, low-budget ambiance and surehanded Hollywood artistry. Dan Duryea is even better here than in his Fritz Lang films (he's got a better role), Veronica Lake clone June Vincent is refreshingly un Lake-like, and Peter Lorre is utterly adorable as a hard-boiled L.A. nightclub owner with a heart of Viennese schlag.


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