I really enjoyed this movie. It has all the components of film noir that I love: intrigue, mystery, dark film sets, memorable (and at times very shady) characters, great music .... I haven't seen a lot of Dana Andrews movies but he was just perfect in this one, as was Linda Darnell as his rather sleazy girlfriend.
If you love film noir like I do, don't miss this one!
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "FALLEN ANGEL" (5 December 1945) (98 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), a penniless drifter, falls in love with Stella (Linda Darnell), who works in a small-town coffee shop --- She refuses to marry him because of his poor financial condition --- Desperate for money, Eric marries a wealthy local spinster (Alice Faye), who he plans to divorce --- His plans go awry when someone ends up dead and he's the prime suspect --- The film's shadowy world is just right --- As with all Preminger films, the women look fantastic.
This noir is star studded. It not only features Andrews, Darnell and Faye, but spectacular performances by Charles Bickford, Anne Revere and Bruce Cabot.
Otto Preminger's follow-up to Laura (1944) - he made one further noir thrillers with Dana Andrews: Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950).
Under the production staff of: Otto Preminger [Director/Producer] Harry Kleiner [screenplay] Marty Holland [novel] David Raksin [Original Music] Joseph LaShelle [Cinematographer] Harry Reynolds [Film Editor]
BIOS: 1. Otto Ludwig Preminger [Director] Date of Birth: 5 December 1905 - Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (now Wyschnyzja, Ukraine)) Date of Death: 23 April 1986 - New York City, New York
the cast includes: Alice Faye - June Mills Dana Andrews - Eric Stanton Linda Darnell - Stella Charles Bickford - Mark Judd Anne Revere - Clara Mills Bruce Cabot - Dave Atkins John Carradine - Professor Madley Percy Kilbride - Pop
Mr. Jim's Ratings: Quality of Picture & Sound: 4 Stars Performance: 5 Stars Story & Screenplay: 4 Stars Overall: 4 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 98 min on DVD ~ 20th Century Fox ~ (03/07/2006)