The Tarnished Angels (1958)



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In this film, Robert Stack is a disillusioned WWI 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.


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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Critic Reviews for The Tarnished Angels

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

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

Jan 21, 2013 | Full Review…

One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks.

Sep 15, 2013 | Full Review…

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

Aug 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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

Feb 4, 2013 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 17, 2010 | Rating: A

A seething melodrama about a family of daredevil pilots.

Mar 6, 2005 | Rating: A | Full Review…

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