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Beautiful Diane Tremayne (Jean Simmons) is a sophisticated, wealthy young woman capable of manipulating anyone who crosses her path. She also has a dark side she manages to conceal behind her appearance and her good manners. Soon after the untimely death of her stepmother (Barbara O'Neil), Diane pursues handsome Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum). Before long, she starts to win him over -- but Frank quickly suspects that the manic Diane had more to do with her stepmother's death than she lets on.

Cast & Crew

Robert Mitchum
Frank Jessup
Jean Simmons
Diane Tremayne Jessup
Mona Freeman
Mary Wilton
Herbert Marshall
Mr. Charles Tremayne
Leon Ames
Fred Barrett
Barbara O'Neil
Mrs. Catherine Tremayne
Kenneth Tobey
Bill Crompton
Frank Nugent
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Oscar Millard
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Harry Stradling
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Critic Reviews for Angel Face

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (3)

  • A capable cast, headed by Jean Simmons and Robert Mitchum, and a nice, taut story idea have been set adrift in a pretentious Freudian mist that wafts through the handsomely mounted proceedings with disastrous results.

    August 8, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Superb Freudian crime thriller, noir-inflected in theme but shot by and large in crisp, bright drawing-rooms.

    February 9, 2006 | Full Review…
  • The sets, characters, and actions are extremely stylized, yet Preminger's moving camera gives them a frightening unity and fluidity, tracing a straight, clean line to a cliff top for one of the most audacious endings in film history.

    March 31, 2003 | Full Review…
  • Angel Face is a congested thriller that kills off all its actors with modern sports cars.

    November 24, 2020 | Full Review…
  • The dark themes quietly wrap themselves around us, pulling us into this story of love, anger, and madness.

    August 11, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Preminger transforms a second rate James M. Cain murder plot, re-orchestrating this textbook tale of passion and murder into a haunting and haunted refrain

    March 16, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Angel Face

  • Sep 21, 2019
    A noir classic driven by a mesmerizing Jean Simmons performance.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2010
    An ordinary man gets mixed up with a dangerous girl. Not anything new, but it's a good movie with good actors.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • May 21, 2010
    Robert Mitchum plays Frank, an ambulance driver with dreams of opening a sports car repair shop. He has a very pretty girlfriend (Mona Freeman) that he treats very casually, especially when he meets other hot dames. One night, on a call at a ritzy mansion, he discovers what is obviously a plot by a wealthy socialite to kill her stepmother. However, he's a little bit intrigued by the socialite (Jean Simmons), and she seems more than a little interested in her, so he takes her out. Soon, Frank's life is filled with promises of money and it seems as though his dreams will all come true, if only he can turn the other way for a little while. Director Otto Preminger uses the Hays code to his advantage as the twists and turns of this crime drama unfold. While Mitchum isn't exactly oozing charisma (and Simmons' socialite perhaps oozes too much), the end result is something entirely fascinating to watch. Is Mona Freeman's no-nonsense character a proto-feminist? She sees Simmons' little plots and ploys very early on, and has the nerve to call her out on them. I also think the courtroom scenes deserve a lot credit. I enjoyed the interplay between the two lawyers, and Leon Ames breaks ground he'd later revisit in The Postman Always Rings Twice (as an exceedingly clever lawyer). A great example of the genre from the 1950s.
    Devon B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 27, 2008
    Oh, I dug this. Preminger delivers solid Beverly Hills noir with a dollop of Freudian melodrama. Mitchum is great as a super cynical "I'm wise to you" pragmatist who still winds up taking the fall for the nutty dame. Nutty dames...
    Bob S Super Reviewer

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