Half Angel

Overview

Even at age 38, Loretta Young could successfully pull off her ingenue duties in the innocuous comedy Half Angel. Young plays Nora, a prim and proper nurse, engaged to the stuffy Tim John Ridgely. Unbeknownst to both, Nora is a sleepwalker; during her nocturnal forays, the less-inhibited side of her personality takes over. While somnambulizing one evening, she heads to the home of her former boyfriend John Joseph Cotten and makes amorous advances towards him. Fascinated, John tries to get Nora to behave the same ...
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Overview

Even at age 38, Loretta Young could successfully pull off her ingenue duties in the innocuous comedy Half Angel. Young plays Nora, a prim and proper nurse, engaged to the stuffy Tim John Ridgely. Unbeknownst to both, Nora is a sleepwalker; during her nocturnal forays, the less-inhibited side of her personality takes over. While somnambulizing one evening, she heads to the home of her former boyfriend John Joseph Cotten and makes amorous advances towards him. Fascinated, John tries to get Nora to behave the same way while she's awake, but it takes eight reels to accomplish that formidable feat. Half Angel bears no resemblance to the 1936 Claire Trevor vehicle of the same name.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A moderately entertaining romantic comedy, Half Angel will be enjoyed most by those who are willing to let their credulity be stretched to the limit. The believability problem doesn't really rest with Loretta Young being, at age 38, a bit long in the tooth for this kind of thing, for Young has the kind of innate youthfulness that allows a viewer to overlook this. The bigger problem is that the basic set-up of a woman who clearly has some sort of multiple personality disorder that manifests itself whenever she's asleep is too strange to be the basis of a standard-issue comedy. It requires a more bizarre approach than this for-laughs-only attack on it. There are numerous other credibility problems too, mostly involving the unbelievable way in which the court case is handled. However, for those who are willing to accept these are part of the package, Angel will be a fairly pleasant, if extraordinarily lightweight, diversion. Even these viewers, however, may find the extremely talented but very miscast Joseph Cotten problematic. He's visibly uncomfortable in this part, and that definitely damages Angel's success. The supporting cast is solid, and Richard Sale's direction is efficient if unimpressive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/20/2012
  • UPC: 024543842071
  • Original Release: 1951
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Mod
  • Presentation: B&W / Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 30,964

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Loretta Young Nora
Joseph Cotten John Raymond
Cecil Kellaway Mr. Gilpin
Basil Ruysdael Dr.Jackson
Jim Backus Michael Hogan
Irene Ryan Kay
John Ridgely Tim
Therese Lyon Mrs. McCarey
Mary George Receptionist
Mary Tarcai Head Nurse
Gayle Pace Orderly
Edwin Max Mac
Art Smith Dan
William Johnstone Minister
Harris Brown Justice of the Peace
Herb Vigran Thompson
Freeman Lusk Judge
Luther Crockett
John Davidson Best Man
Steve Fritko Intern
Junius Matthews
Lou Nova
Technical Credits
Richard Sale Director
Ralph Blane Songwriter
Julian Blaustein Producer
George Carleton Brown Original Story
John De Cuir Art Director
Robert Fritch Editor
Milton Krasner Cinematographer
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Alfred Newman Score Composer, Songwriter, Musical Direction/Supervision
Robert Riskin Screenwriter
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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