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Fallen Angel (Fox Film Noir) (1945)

Alice Faye , Dana Andrews , Otto Preminger  |  NR |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 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: 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: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CNE088
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,067 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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100 of 104 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Love alone can make the fallen angel rise." December 14, 2005
By Dave
When Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) arrives in a small town after getting kicked off the bus (not enough money), he heads for the local diner, "Pop's Eats". Course, it ain't the food that draws customers to this joint. It's Stella (Linda Darnell), one of the most beautiful women you've ever laid your eyes on. She hates working there and longs for an escape, but it takes money. "Pop" (Percy Kilbride, yes "Pa Kettle" was in a film noir!) obviously can't supply her with the kind of dough she's after, so she cruelly strings along three "suckers," Eric (Dana Andrews), Dave Atkins (Bruce Cabot), and Mark Judd (Charles Bickford). She easily seduces each one, but waits to see which one can provide her with the most money.

Eric is wild about her, so much that he marries June Mills (Alice Faye) a wealthy woman, just so he can get the money Stella craves. But when he tells Stella about the marriage, she angrilly refuses to see him again, not wanting to "get involved with a married man". What, all of a sudden this tramp has morals?!? Anyway, later that night she's murdered, and of course Eric is the prime suspect of the police. Unfortunately, the chief police investigator of the case is Mark Judd (Charles Bickford), who also loved Stella and who is now determined to catch her killer. During the investigation, June finds out the truth about why Eric married her, but she still loves him deeply and continues to defend him.

Knowing that he doesn't stand a chance with the police, Eric flees the town with June and tries to figure out what to do. June tries again and again to convince Eric to talk to the police, because after all why should an innocent man be worried about talking to the police. When the cops spot June they pick her up for questioning.
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42 of 42 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally!!! The best of the preminger/andrews films!! January 21, 2006
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 19 days 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 2 months ago by L. Da Vinci
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 2 months ago by B. Sebastian
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 3 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 5 months ago by Trancelucence
5.0 out of 5 stars Quintessential film noir
Film noir obviously does not have a universal appeal, and it is understandable. This genre features lighting that is far too dramatic, characters whom you would not wish to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Curt Tow
5.0 out of 5 stars Fallen Angels
Fallen Angel is, of course, to be mentioned with the other great Otto Preminger Film Noirs of the time (Whirlpool, Laura, Where The Sidewalk Ends). Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jeremy Shingles
4.0 out of 5 stars Linda Darnell Is A Knock Out
Alice Faye had been 20th Century Fox's great singing star since 1934--but after a decade she began to weary of musicals and decided to move to drama. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing like Noir
If you love film noir (like I do), you'll like this film.. moody. tense, well shot. One for the collection
Published 12 months ago by Mark C Enders
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Idea, Poor Execution
Fallen Angel begins with great promise as an almost penniless (but suited) drifter, Eric Stanton, is forced to get off a bus in a coastal California town. Read more
Published 14 months ago by J. R. Trtek
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