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Fallen Angel (Fox Film Noir) (1945)

Alice Faye , Dana Andrews , Otto Preminger  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Alice Faye, Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, Charles Bickford, Anne Revere
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Writers: Harry Kleiner, Marty Holland
  • Producers: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Black & White, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: March 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNE088
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,405 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Fallen Angel (Fox Film Noir)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Film Noir Historian Eddie Muller and Dana Andrews' daughter Susan Andrews
  • Publicity Gallery
  • Production Stills Gallery
  • Unit Photography Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Fox Noir Trailers: The House on Telegraph Hill, No Way Out

Editorial Reviews

June Mills (Alice Faye) and her sister Clara live a quiet life in a small coastal town until Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews), a smooth-talking con man, comes into their lives. He seems to fall hard for June but Clara believes he?s only interested in the family fortune. Meanwhile, sultry waitress Stella (Linda Darnell) catches Stanton's fancy and thinks he might be her ticket out of town. The local cop (Charles Bickford) knows more than he's telling about his fellow citizens and their tangled relationships which draw even tighter after a shocking murder.

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fox be praised! March 21, 2006
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One of the great benefits of the "Fox Noir" series, of which this film is a standout, is the remastering/release of the classic 1940's work of the great Otto Preminger. All the four Preminger titles in this series demonstrate what a concise, fluid director he was, easily managing crowd scenes as well as dramatic close-ups with his supple, effortless camera. Also, Preminger had a true talent for zeroing in on an actor, instantly revealing what made them different or unique and allowing them to play up their strengths. Under Preminger's care the star of this film, Dana Andrews, was allowed to fully flower. There was a very moving quality in Andrews, particularly when playing a heel as he does in this one, which always suggested that he had just enough soul and intelligence to dislike himself. This is why he was one of the great noir actors: without a lot of fuss, he could convey a deeply felt need to be a better man than was possible. He was, in short, a very graceful and subtle tough guy.

Briefly told, the theme of this film is sexual obsession. Every principal male player in the film desperately wants Stella, a hash-slinger in a local café, played by the all-too-soon gone Linda Darnell. This, of course, leads to men behaving very badly.

This clearly was a favorite theme of Preminger's, and he never had a better carnal female than Darnell as an object of desire (actually, the emotion all men in the film feel for Darnell transcends desire into the realm of critical need). Darnell is absolutely great and her appeal has held up very well over the 70 intervening years.

The other thing that makes these Fox Noir DVD's so good is the expert commentary that accompanies these discs in the Special Features sections. I know . . .
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! The best of the preminger/andrews films!! January 21, 2006
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Oh yay. The Queen is absolutely THRILLED to see that Fallen Angel will finally be released on DVD in March of this year. I have managed to lay my hands on an American DVD version after struggling with an English-style DVD for the past years. Upon re-viewing, this excellent movie stands up!

This is the third of the Dana Andrews/Otto Preminger movies in my ken, the first two being Laura (swoon) and Where the Sidewalk Ends (yawn). This is hands down the best of the three. Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) rolls into town one night after riding the bus as far as his ticket will take him. He almost immediately encounters Stella (Linda Darnell, and how!) the town sexpot. She works as a waitress and as a golddigger, dating every man in town and a few that just roll her way. But what she wants is to get married and settle down. I don't think she fully understands what it would mean to be married and settle down but that's what she says she wants. Eric is all Hustle and Flow before those words became trite and he makes a couple of bucks helping out a travelling clairvoyant and as an aside discovers the presence of a couple of wealthy sisters who can be and have been taken for a ride! So Eric hatches a scheme to marry the rich sister to get her money in order to marry Stella. Such audacity! Once he's married to the sister June (Played by the lovely Alice Faye) Stella wants nothing to do with HIM, because he's a married man! Oh, the frustration Eric has to endure! Stella ends up dead, a truly brutal cop investigates (be afraid! Holy cow!) and Eric takes it on the lam with his persistent wifey along for the ride. Excellent, excellent noir. Dana Andrews actually acts in this movie, as opposed to standing around looking glum (as in Laura and Where the Sidewalk Ends).
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic noir but pretty heavy going December 17, 2005
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This is a film which is higly respected in "noir" cinema but like many films of the genre, it is heavy entertainment. Released in 1945 as a follow up to "Laura", it used a number of the same technicians, the director Otto Preminger and the leading man Dana Andrews.

Andrews plays a drifter who stops at a small town, falls in lust with a waitress, Linda Darnell, and marries one of the town's respected citizens, Alice Faye, for her money so he can run off with Darnell. Darnell is murdered and the remainder of the film follows the discovery of who did it. The film is claustrophobic reflecting the people and small town in which it is set. The main setpiece is a diner. Darnell, who was never better, is brunette, sexy and laconic, lounging behind the counter like a lazy cat. The superficial quality to her acting sits well on this character. On the other side of the counter, a line up of men gaze upon her lasciviously, watching her every move but hiding their eyes under their hats. You can cut the atmosphere with a knife! The juke box plays the theme song "Slowly" and the music is a toneless tease, just like Linda.

Alice Faye, blonde and subdued, is a perfect contrast, a symbol of good but with an undercurrent of frustration which helps explain her attraction to Dana Andrews and why she would marry this stranger. Much of Alice's part was cut by Darryl Zanuck to shift the emphasis to the broody Darnell. Alice was so incensed she walked out of 20th Century Fox for good, never to return. You can detect the holes in her part of the film, particularly in establishing the motivation for her relationship with Andrews, but enough remains so that we get the point. Anne Revere plays Alice's spinster sister and adds a superb vignette of an unfulfilled woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FOX FILMS AND PACKAGING GETS IT TOGETHER LIKE WARNER BROS. DVD'S -...
OLD 20TH CENTURY-FOX FILM NOIR WITH THE ALWAYS GOOD DANA ANDREWS AND WITH THE MOODY LINDA DARNELL, 'THE FALLEN ANGEL' HAS A DOUBLE MEANING . . . Read more
Published 1 month ago by F. K. WILLDERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Lust and Love
I'm not going to go into the plot of this movie. You probably have researched that already. But,if you like film noir, then this film is a must-see. Fallen Angel has it all. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Suwannee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent !
Published 2 months ago by Believer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by Carol J. Stadum
5.0 out of 5 stars Andrews and Preminger made a great film noir!
First those who gave this such negative reviews just don't like great old movies
and can go watch one of those new trash hollyweird movies made today cause
your... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bela
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a rap for a beautiful woman or stay away from this town.
This is a great Film Noir movie for a rainy afternoon. Hollywood never how to make a great story of how a guy comes into town and gets messed up with a woman or two and then is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by G. Poole
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first FILM NOIR
This 1945 film has a good plot, the script is clever (and predictable), but the acting is good, and the story has a nice twist at the end. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Easy Rider
2.0 out of 5 stars Just so, so....
I would love to report that with this cast it was just great, but I am sorry I did not feel that way. We are talking Linda Darnell, Dana Andres, and Alice Faye. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Rocky
4.0 out of 5 stars Grainy Transfer - Looped Dialogue - Long Set-up
The story involves a down-on-his-luck PR man who bluffs his way into a handful of money promoting a spiritual medium's appearance in a one-horse town in the central coast of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Dana Andrews + Otto Preminger = NOIR MAGIC
Spoilers follow. Fallen angel demonstrates Preminger at his best, wielding a masterful hand and an unerring eye for detail, working from a tight, enigmatic screenplay. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Trancelucence (Leigh)
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