Angel Face

Angel Face

Director: Otto Preminger, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman

Cast: Otto Preminger, Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman

     
 

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Jean Simmons' fascinating interpretation of an uncharacteristic role is the main drawing card of Otto Preminger's Angel Face. The daughter of Charles Treymayne (Herbert Marshall), who remarried a wealthy woman (Barbara O'Neil), Diane Treymayne's (Simmons) angelic countenance masks an unbridled psychotic who'll let nothing stand in the way of her happiness.

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Jean Simmons' fascinating interpretation of an uncharacteristic role is the main drawing card of Otto Preminger's Angel Face. The daughter of Charles Treymayne (Herbert Marshall), who remarried a wealthy woman (Barbara O'Neil), Diane Treymayne's (Simmons) angelic countenance masks an unbridled psychotic who'll let nothing stand in the way of her happiness. Diane arranges for Catherine's death, making it look like an auto accident. Coveting family chauffeur Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum), Diane steals Frank away from his sweetheart Mary (Mona Freeman) and forces him to become her spiritual accomplice in her stepmother's murder. And when Diane finally realizes that she'll never, ever, be able to hold Frank, she... well, enough said. If Angel Face doesn't look like a typical early-1950s RKO Radio film, it may be because its director was borrowed from 20th Century-Fox, and its cinematographer (Harry Stradling) was a loan-out from Sam Goldwyn.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Angel Face is an atypical film noir piece that has developed a considerable cult reputation over the years. Those who favor the film find it a fascinating examination of detached evil, one that captures a certain coolness of tone that is not so much heartless as it is simply devoid of feeling and intent. Others, however, find the resulting deliberate pacing much too slow and dreary, and the motivations of the characters confusing if not inscrutable. Certainly, director Otto Preminger and leading lady Jean Simmons have created a most curious and intriguing femme fatale, one who seems to be going through her actions with no real conception of what they mean and no real thought about how she should behave. This aspect of the character -- coupled with Preminger's precise, brutal filming of the accident - make the inadvertent death of the father strangely powerful. Simmons is fascinating throughout, seeming to act totally in the moment, but as if the moment were entirely understood only by her character. Robert Mitchum is a perfect foil for her, disturbingly rational and more keenly aware of the world around him, but somehow drawn into her spell in spite of himself. The cool, detached qualities that make Angel Face special will alienate many, but those who tune into it will be rewarded.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/23/2007
UPC:
0053939778120
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Turner Home Ent
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:32:00

Special Features

Commentary by film noir historian Eddie Muller; Languages: English & Français; Subtitles: English (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Mitchum Frank Jessup
Jean Simmons Diane Tremayne
Mona Freeman Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall Charles Tremayne
Leon Ames Fred Barrett
Barbara O'Neil Mrs. Tremayne
Kenneth Tobey Bill Crompton
Raymond Greenleaf Arthur Vance
Griff Barnett The judge
Robert Gist Miller
Morgan Farley Juror
Jim Backus District Attorney Judson
Jack Chefe Man
Morgan Brown Harry the Bartender
Frank Kumagai Satsuma
Lucille Barkley Waitress
Herbert Lytton Doctor
Lewis Martin Police Sergeant
Alex Gerry Lewis, Frank's Attorney
Mike Lally Reporter
Bess Flowers Barrett's Secretary
Buck Young Assistant District Attorney
Bob Peoples Reporter
Frank O'Connor Bailiff
Jeffrey Sayre Court Clerk
Sammy Shack Man
Gertrude Astor Matron
Brick Sullivan Deputy Sheriff
Grandon Rhodes Prison Chaplain
Cora Shannon Patient
Theresa Harris Nurse Theresa
John Ellis Jury Foreman
Marvin Jones Policeman
Charmienne Harker Secretary
Pete Kellett Detective
George Sherwood Man
Carl Sklover Man
Mary Jane Carey Woman
Ralph Volkie Good Humor Man
Charles Tannen TV Broadcaster
Larry Blake Brady

Technical Credits
Otto Preminger Director,Producer
Mel Berns Makeup
Carroll Clark Art Director
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Chester Erskine Original Story
Fred Fleck Asst. Director
Frederic Knudtson Editor
Oscar Millard Screenwriter
Jack Mills Set Decoration/Design
Frank S. Nugent Screenwriter
Clem Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Darrell Silvera Set Decoration/Design
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Dimitri Tiomkin Score Composer
A. Earl Wolcott Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Woulfe Costumes/Costume Designer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Angel Face
1. Credits [1:13]
2. Ambulance Call [4:35]
3. Switching Dates [4:11]
4. Asking Questions [3:45]
5. Girl Talk [4:18]
6. Another Man in the House [4:15]
7. Before I Met You [5:29]
8. You Don't Know Her [3:49]
9. Innocent Bystander [5:12]
10. What's the Score? [2:53]
11. A Kind of Love [6:28]
12. Auto Accident [3:26]
13. Hire a Lawyer [2:56]
14. Unhappily Married [5:35]
15. Two on Trial [6:24]
16. Summations and Verdict [4:09]
17. Diane's Bet [4:39]
18. What Mary Wants [3:03]
19. Alone [4:01]
20. Double Jeopardy [5:41]
21. Reverse Ending [5:03]

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