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The Tarnished Angels (1958)




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William Faulkner's novel Pylon was optioned by Universal producer Albert Zugsmith, who used it as the source for his 1957 production The Tarnished Angels. Robert Stack is a disillusioned World War One ace eking out a living as a barnstorming pilot/parachutist during the early 1930s. New Orleans newspaperman Rock Hudson runs across Stack at a two-bit carnival. He becomes fascinated with Stack's fall from grace, and latches onto him. As he is drawn into Stack's iconoclastic, individualistic lifestyle, Hudson finds he is also drawn to the pilot's long-suffering wife, Dorothy Malone. Jack Carson is on hand as Stack's chief mechanic, whose anger over the pilot's abusive treatment of Malone explodes into tragedy.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: George Zuckerman
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 1996
Universal Pictures


Rock Hudson
as Burke Devlin
Robert Stack
as Roger Shumann
Dorothy Malone
as LaVerne Shumann
Alan Reed Sr.
as Col. Fineman
Christopher Olsen
as Jack Shumann
Troy Donahue
as Frank Burnham
Betty Utey
as Dancing girl
Phil Harvey
as Telegraph editor
Steve Drexel
as Young Man
Eugene Borden
as Claude Mollet
Stephen Ellis
as Mechanic
Chris Olson
as Jack Shumann
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All Critics (9) | Top Critics (2)

An enduring philosophical strain of proto-feminist endurance in a land that's both made and menaced by its intrepid warriors.

Full Review… | January 21, 2013
New Yorker
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013
Observer [UK]

Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down.

Full Review… | August 28, 2013
Total Film

Given limited budget and technology, the airplane races are well staged over a short oval course around the striped pylons.

Full Review… | February 4, 2013
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Set in the Depression era, this tale of daredevils doing air showsand their nomad lifestyle is one of cult director Douglas Sirk's very best films, and also the finest screen adaptation of a William Faulkner novel.

August 17, 2010

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