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Angel Baby (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 14 May 1961 (USA)
In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the loveof one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand(Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Paul Strand
Mercedes McCambridge ... Sarah Strand
Joan Blondell ... Mollie Hays
Henry Jones ... Ben Hays
Burt Reynolds ... Hoke Adams
Salome Jens ... Angel Baby
Roger Clark ... Sam Wilcox
Dudley Remus Dudley Remus ... Otis Finch
R.L. Armstrong R.L. Armstrong ... The Shanty Man
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Big Cripple
Eddie Firestone ... Blind Man
Victoria Adams Victoria Adams ... Ma Brooks
Barbara Biggart Barbara Biggart ... Farm girl
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... The Killer
Theodore Lehmann Theodore Lehmann ... Willis Ferguson


In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the loveof one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand(Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named Jenny, affectionatelyknown as Angel Baby. When Paul prays for her, Jenny's voice miraculouslyreturns ... and the two fall in love, sparking jealousy in Paul's olderwife and Jenny's predatory lover (Reynolds). With Paul and Sarahquarreling furiously, Jenny leaves as a traveling evangelist and startsto believe that she possesses divine healing powers. But does she...?

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WE CHALLENGE YOU TO SEE 'ANGEL BABY' AND TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT IT!!! (original print ad - all caps) See more »




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Release Date:

14 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Anonima peccati See more »

Filming Locations:

Homestead, Florida, USA

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Production Co:

Madera Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Star George Hamilton was a decent singer and sang the song "Jenny Angel" during the closing credits. Hamilton later starred in the musical "La Cage Aux Folles." See more »


Mollie Hays: [Overlooks Angel Baby sleeping] Look at the girl once more, Ben Hays. You still don't see nothing?
Ben Hays: [Looks at Angel Baby] Mol, she's just a Georgia country gal sleeping off the Lord's electricity.
Mollie Hays: I seen me a vision, so help me!
Ben Hays: Now what kind of omen did you see this time? It looked like a rat the size of a hound dog or did it look like an elephant?
Mollie Hays: I seen me a vision from God. A angel with white wings and fire on His tongue.
Ben Hays: Well, I declare!
Mollie Hays: A angel with white wings a hoverin' over that girl ...
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Jenny Angel
Music and lyrics by Wayne Shanklin
Performed by George Hamilton during the end credits
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Angel Baby deserved a better reception.
21 October 2007 | by HollywoodshackSee all my reviews

Angel Baby was originally bought by Columbia in 1960 and shelved for a year to insure the success of that studio's similar "Elmer Gantry." On its own merit it is an outstanding film with Oscar worthy performances by the leads, Salome Jens as Angel Baby, and George Hamilton as the evangelist who heals her. Mercedes McCambridge slightly overacts as his jealous wife and Burt Reynolds is a stinker as Angel's ex-boyfriend. He even requested his part in the picture be larger, adding a scene where he almost rapes her, one of the films demerits. The outstanding photography by Haskell Wexler who shot the film with a mini-camera while he roller skated on the set is by far his best effort. Henry Jones and Joan Blondell do fine in their supporting roles as Angel Baby's true believers.

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