Fallen Angel

Directed By: Otto Preminger Starring: Dana Andrews

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Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), thrown off a bus for not having the fare, begins to frequent a diner called "Pop's Eats" , whose main attraction is a beautiful waitress by the name of Stella seems disinterested in Eric, he decides if he had money she would pay attention to his advances. He marries June Mills ( Alice Faye ) for her money, and stella is mysteriously murdered. Even though June Learns of Eric's dishonest plans, she still loves him. It is with her support that he investigates the killing on his own, eventually discovering the shocking identity of the real killer.DVD Features: Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.1 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 2.1 Mono) Audio Commentary with Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller and Susan Andrews Publicity Gallery Production Stills Gallery Unit Photography Gallery Theatrical Trailer Fox Noir: The House on Telegraph Hill, No Way Out, If you liked this movie you may want to try... System Requirements:Running Time 98 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 202126091
UPC 024543227786
UPC 14 00024543227786
Format DVD
Release Date 3/7/2006
Keywords
Detectives
Film Noir
Marriage
Murder
Murder Investigations
Murder Mysteries
Mystery
Suspense
Thriller
Editors Note
Note Otto Preminger's classic film noir offering captures the common postwar struggle to get ahead, and one man's balancing act between two women. Dana Andrews stars as a drifter named Eric Stanton, who, after landing in a small California town, falls in love with Stella (Linda Darnell), a diner waitress. She makes it clear that she'll have nothing to do with Eric unless he has some money, so he hatches a plan to marry June Mills (Alice Faye), a wealthy reclusive spinster who is in love with him. Unfortunately, right after the wedding, Stella turns up dead, and the blame is placed on Eric.
Reviews
New York Times "'Elegant' seems a feeble word to describe Preminger's visual mastery in this film, in which he blends the most complex camera movements with an editing style that sharply highlights the contrasts between his dark and light heroines." 03/07/2005 p.E5
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "Preminger's visual storytelling -- his staging, his camera movement -- reaches staggering heights of beauty here." 04/01/2006 p.101
Directors
Otto Preminger
Actors
Dana Andrews
Cast & Crew
Alice Faye - Actor
Charles Bickford - Actor
Dana Andrews - Actor
David Raksin - Original Music By
Harry Kleiner - Screenplay
Harry Reynolds - Editor
Joseph LaShelle - Cinematographer
Kermit Goell - Original Music By
Linda Darnell - Actor
Marty Holland - Based On Novel By
Otto Preminger - Producer
Otto Preminger - Director
Technical Info
Catalog ID 2232778
UPC 00024543227786
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource Goatdog's Movies
Review The best film noir is distinguished by a heady combination of desperation, impending doom, and paranoia; indeed, that combination is the main ingredient in what makes a noir a noir. Some films have all the trappings of noir, but lack those ingredients. In 1944, Otto Preminger directed Dana Andrews in Laura, which is noir even though it takes place in mostly brightly lit locations in a city's upper crust. The next year, the two reteamed for Fallen Angel, which has some of the same ingredientsÑespecially the brand of masculine obsession that Andrews was so good atÑbut it lacks that desperation, doom, and paranoia. It's limp; it's just going through the motions. Andrews plays Eric Stanton, a small-time hustler who's booted off the bus in a small California town. He quickly joins the merry band of a huckster spiritualist (John Carradine); his task is to get the local women's auxiliary to drop their ban on the seances that promise to bring messages from the dead (for a small admission charge). He has to convince Clara Mills (Anne Revere) and her sister June (Alice Faye), and he does so by promising them a message from their dead father. Meanwhile, Andrews quickly becomes enamored of Stella (Linda Darnell), the sultry and impetuous waitress at the local diner. She barely acknowledges his existence, but he is ready to promise her the world. He's got lots of competition, as every able-bodied man in town would like to get a piece of the fiery Stella. There's Mark Judd (Charles Bickford), a former NYC cop who moved west for his health. There's Pop (Percy Kilbride), the aging owner of the diner, who has a weird sort of not-quite-fatherly interest in Stella. And there's Dave Atkins (Bruce Cabot), a somewhat slimy guy who nevertheless provides the shiny baubles that Stanton can't. Stanton hatches a plan to marry the young June Mills and bilk her of her fortune, a plan that seems kind of silly and preposterous, even with the course of events that the film provides. How Stanton can turn from penniless aide-de-huckster into marriage material within a few days is beyond me; we're supposed to take it on faith that June, and especially her protective older sister Clara, accept his advances. What's even crazier is that Stanton and June get married approximately three days after meeting; what is even crazier than that is how June reacts when Stanton becomes a suspect in Stella's murder. Everything is played half-heartedly. The Stanton/June and Stanton/Stella romances are completely unconvincing. Even a scene on the beach where Stanton tries playing tough-guy to win Stella's love comes off more as a rehearsal than anything serious. Stanton's flight when he becomes a suspect is especially unbelievable; it is here that the desperation/doom/paranoia should really kick in, but I just wasn't convinced that anything bad would really happen, and I wasn't convinced that any of the characters really thought so either. The only truly noir scene in the film is one in which Judd,
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Reviewer Goatdog
ReviewRating 4
Features
DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Faye,Alice
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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