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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
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Written By: George Zuckerman
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On DVD: May 14, 1996
Universal Pictures



as Burke Devlin

as Roger Shumann

as LaVerne Shumann

as Jiggs

as Matt Ord

as Col. Fineman

as Jack Shumann

as Frank Burnham

as Ted Baker

as Dancing girl

as Telegraph editor

as Young Man

as Claude Mollet

as Mechanic

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
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Chicago Reader
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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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