"Angel Face" is a 1952 black and white melodrama from Otto Preminger with Robert Mitchum and Jean Simmons.
The film is often mis-labeled "film noir". Classic film noir has certain conventions, the major ones being a femme fatale, double and triple crosses, a protagonist (often a cop or detective) who with a single error of judgment sets the motion in action, a cast of seedy characters, and lots of night and/or rain sequences. This film has only one of these conventions - the femme fatale, played very well by sexy and beautiful Jean Simmons (1929-2010). But otherwise, this is merely a melodrama, and a poor one at that.
The reason for mistaking the film for "noir" may be that it contains film noir alumni like Robert Mitchum and Otto Preminger. Robert Mitchum (1917-97) received his only Oscar nomination for "The Story of GI Joe" (1945), but movie fans know that Mitchum was a terrific actor who deserved far more acknowledgement, but his "bad boy" persona undoubtedly interfered. Mitchum's work in films like "The Night of the Hunter" (1955) and "Cape Fear" (1962) is ranked by AFI as among the top 100 villains of all time. I liked him best as the drunken sheriff in "El Dorado" (1966). In the 40s and 50s he was the "king" of film noir with films like "When Strangers Marry" (1944), "The Locket" (1946), "Pursued" (1947), "Out of the Past" (1947), etc.
Otto Preminger(1905-86) made 41 films and was nominated for an Oscar 3 times ("Laura", "Anatomy of a Murder", "The Cardinal") and a Palme d'Or 3 times ("Carmen Jones", "Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon", "Advise and Consent"). His film noir include "Laura" (1944), "Fallen Angel" (1945), "Where the Sidewalk Ends" (1950), and "The Thirteenth Letter" (1951).
FWIW - Preminger didn't like the script and refused to make the film, but was finally persuaded by Howard Hughes who gave him carte blanche as long as he required Simmons to wear a black wig - apparently the result of a tiff between Hughes and Simmons. The acrimony spilled over and Preminger ended up being slapped in the face by both Simmons and Mitchum.
Putting aside the film noir issue, the film is fairly predictable, and the ending is not very satisfactory. These problems are off set by good acting from Mitchum and Simmons and from a beautiful score by Dimitri Tiomkin (1894-1979). Tiomkin won 3 Oscars ("The High and the Mighty", "High Noon", "The Old Man and the Sea") (1954), and was nominated for 14 more.
Also look for Herbert Marshall as Simmon's father and Jim Backus (Mr. McGoo) as a district attorney.
The NY Times called it "an exasperating blend of genuine talent, occasional perceptiveness and turgid psychological claptrap" and the "taut story idea have been set adrift in a pretentious Freudian mist that wafts through the handsomely mounted proceedings with disastrous results."
The top grossing films in 1952 were "The Greatest Show on Earth", "The Bad and the Beautiful", "The Snows of Kilimanjaro", "Ivanhoe", and "Singing in the Rain". "The Greatest Show on Earth" won for Best Picture and other Oscar winners were "High Noon" (Actor), "The Quiet Man" (Director), "Come Back Little Sheeba" (Actress), and "Viva Zapata" (Supporting Actor).
Bottom line - Good acting and an excellent score can't compensate for a poor script.