Angel Face (1952)


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In this taut melodrama, the beautiful countenance of a young woman belies a murderous heart. Angel loves her father but utterly despises her wealthy stepmother and becomes insanely obsessed with killing her. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned and tragedy ensues.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Frank S. Nugent, Oscar Millard
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On DVD: Jan 23, 2007
RKO Radio Pictures



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Critic Reviews for Angel Face

All Critics (12) | Top Critics (5)

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.

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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Superb Freudian crime thriller, noir-inflected in theme but shot by and large in crisp, bright drawing-rooms.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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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.

Full Review… | March 31, 2003
Chicago Reader
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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

Full Review… | March 16, 2009

Audience Reviews for Angel Face

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 Stinson

Super Reviewer

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

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.

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