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Black Angel

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Peter Lorre and Dan Duryea star in this film noir cult favorite, which has been given a long-overdue release on DVD. Black Angel has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French, as well as closed captions in English. The film's original trailer is included as a bonus.
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Overview

Peter Lorre and Dan Duryea star in this film noir cult favorite, which has been given a long-overdue release on DVD. Black Angel has been transferred to disc in its original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono. The dialogue is in English, with optional subtitles in Spanish and French, as well as closed captions in English. The film's original trailer is included as a bonus.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; [None specified]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Black Angel is not one of the landmarks of film noir, but it has a number of elements worth commenting on. These include a fairly original pay-off in terms of the identity of the killer, as well as a central unrequited love plot that is handled with considerable finesse. The most unusual element, however, is the casting of Dan Duryea as a fairly likeable romantic lead. While the part still calls for a certain darkness to it, Duryea, usually cast as a heavy, comes across as winning and engaging; certainly the audience ends up rooting for him, even as it feels uneasy trying to push him into the arms of a woman determined to be faithful to her wrongly-convicted husband. June Vincent is fine, if a little distant, as the would-be love interest; although she' occasionally too bland, she does resist the temptation to make more of the character's relationship with Duryea. Angel does drag in a few places, and director Roy William Neill could have done more to create tension and atmosphere, but the film is still effective and quite enjoyable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 025192549823
  • Original Release: 1946
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Subtitled / B&W / Full Frame
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 24,514

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dan Duryea Martin Blair
June Vincent Catherine Bennett
Peter Lorre Marko
Broderick Crawford Capt. Flood
Wallace Ford Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh Jake
Constance Dowling Marvis Marlowe
Freddie Steele Lucky
Ben Bard Bartender
John Phillips Kirk Bennett
Maurice St. Clair Dance Team Member
Junius Matthews Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin Millie
Michael Branden George Mitchell
Vilova Dance Team Member
Robert B. Williams Second Detective
Florence Auer Madame
Ralph Brooks Intern
Dorothy Granger Woman
Eula Guy Neighbor Lady
Chuck Hamilton Man
Mauritz Hugo Gambler
Ann Lawrence Girl Clerk
Steve Olsen Bartender
Pat Starling Tap Dancer
Dick Wessel Doorman
Eddy Chandler Sgt. Baker
Technical Credits
Roy William Neill Director, Producer
Jack Brooks Songwriter
Bernard B. Brown Sound/Sound Designer
Roy Chanslor Screenwriter
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Saul A. Goodkind Editor
Charles S. Gould Asst. Director
Paul Ivano Cinematographer
Tom Knight Producer
Martin Obzina Art Director
Jack Otterson Art Director
Jack P. Pierce Makeup
Edward Ray Robinson Set Decoration/Design
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Vera West Costumes/Costume Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:14]
2. Now or Ever [4:00]
3. Got it Bad [2:45]
4. "Heartbreak" [6:23]
5. Convicted [4:01]
6. Where's Marty Blair? [2:43]
7. Playing My Song [5:25]
8. I Need Your Help [5:04]
9. At the Club [3:38]
10. Open Auditions [5:12]
11. "Time Will Tell" [4:23]
12. A Special Occasion [6:23]
13. Be a Good Girl [4:25]
14. Wasted Time [6:06]
15. Only One Man [3:14]
16. The Missing Link [2:52]
17. Murder Relived [6:02]
18. The Wrong Man [6:31]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Language: English
      Captions & Subtitles
         Captions
            Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
      Subtitles
         Español
         Français
         None
   Play
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Average Transfer/Thrilling Film Noir

    A sexy singer, an ex lover and a dutiful wife: classic film noir lover¿s triangle tinged with a race against time and singed in sparkling performances from a stellar cast. In ¿Black Angel¿ femme fatale chanteuse Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling) turns up dead. Kirk Bennett (John Phillips) who used to be her lover seems the natural choice for the police¿s prime suspect and their latest blackmail victim. No one believes Kirk¿s story ¿ it is a little hard to swallow - that he found Mavis already a goner on the floor of her apartment. However, when Kirk is sentenced to death, his long-suffering, too-good-to-be-true wife, Catherine (June Vincent) begins to investigate the crime for answers of her own. She¿s aided by Martin Blair (Dan Duryea) Mavis¿ husband. The film is riddled with rich curiosities of character; Kirk¿s philandering innocence, Mavis¿ evil vixen turned victim, Catherine¿s never wavering devotion to her wayward hubby and Blair¿s nonchalant, noncommittal dedication to discovering who really killed his wife. At one point Blair even goes so far as to offer himself as Kirk¿s replacement, should salvation not come in time to spare him from the electric chair. It must be love! An outstanding cameo comes by way of Peter Lorre as Marco, the always spurious, never to be trusted seedy nightclub owner who happened to visit Mavis Marlowe on the night she bought the farm. It should be pointed out however, that the suspense of finding the killer gets somewhat diffused in the process and never quite reaches the par excellence caliber of say, ¿The Asphalt Jungle¿ or ¿Laura.¿ Another solid effort from Universal. The transfer is remarkably solid and clean. The gray scale is very well balanced with deep solid blacks and whites that are almost pristine. There¿s a hint film grain and some age related artifacts. Also, some edge enhancement and pixelization occur as well but nothing that will distract. The audio is mono and very well represented. There are no extras on this disc. Nevertheless, it is a good disc to add to your library of classic cinema.

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