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Black Angel (1946)

Cast: Dan Duryea, June Vincent, Peter Lorre, more...
Director: Roy William Neill
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Universal Studios
Genre: Film Noir
Running Time: 81 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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With an ingenious script by Roy Chanslor, this modest, but imaginative film noir is notable for the strong performance by lead actor Dan Duryea Alcoholic musician Martin Blair (Duryea) becomes the prime suspect when his cheating wife is murdered, until it is determined that he was "sleeping one off" at the time of the killing. Another man (John Phillips), who was being blackmailed by the murdered woman, is sent to prison for the crime. The condemned man's wife (June Vincent) believes in her husband's innocence and sets about to prove it, enlisting the aid of Blair, who has flashes of memory about the night of the crime. Recalling that he saw a stranger leave his wife's apartment, Blair endeavors to track down this stranger. The real murderer is revealed in the film's last everyone's surprise, including the guilty party! Black Angel was based on a novel by Cornell Woolrich. Normally assigned to villainous roles, Dan Duryea gives a surprisingly impressive performance as an affectingly romantic character and is by far the most interesting and sympathetic character in the film. His performance makes the plot twist at the end, both startling and believable. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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noirout by cammelltoe November 15, 2004 - 12:34 AM PST
2 out of 3 members found this review helpful
This is a movie put together tightly by clumsy fingers. For film noir junkies like myself, a shot of pure. A lot is made in any type of review or synopsis of Dan Duryea's uncharacteristicly sympathetic portrayal of the hero,and they're right for a change. Also impressive is the exploration of the theme of "good" domesticity vs. the "bad" night life and the juxtapostion of the two central couples--- both of which serve to really flesh out the tragic nature of Duryea's charactor. If i was paid to review movies for a newspaper, my soundbite would be "a gem". recommended

A disappointment by eifert July 21, 2004 - 5:33 PM PDT
1 out of 3 members found this review helpful
With Dan Duryea and Peter Lorre I would have expected more. Lorre is always fun to watch, but these two giants of "film noir" can't save this routine and predictable movie. When Duryea and June Vincent go undercover as a lounge act I groaned. You probably will too. The opening of the film is interesting, then it just goes down hill.

Instead, find one of Duryea's other noirs - one where he playes a slimy blonde bow-tie wearing louse. You'll have more fun. Actually, he's like that in all his other movies.

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(Average 6.68)
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