Angel Face

Angel Face

DVD - 2007
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When Mrs. Tremayne is mysteriously poisoned with gas, ambulance driver Frank Jessup meets her refined but sensuous stepdaughter Diane, who quickly pursues and infatuates him. Under Diane's seductive influence, Frank is soon the Tremayne chauffeur, but he begins to suspect danger under her surface sweetness. When he shows signs of pulling away, Diane schemes to get him in so deep he'll never get out.

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mswrite
Nov 26, 2017

Robert Mitchum is Frank, a laid-back, working-class guy who drives an ambulance and whose ambition is to marry his girlfriend Mary and open his own gas station. Then he encounters the neurotic Diane, a stunning upper-class beauty who has other ideas. Diane has a strange relationship with her father (Herbert Marshall, in a variation of his weak and clueless cuckold role), has probably murdered her stepmother, and, having hired Frank as the family chauffeur, is determined at all costs to keep him in this dreamlike, psycho-sexual nor thriller directed by Otto Preminger. A nod to veteran actor Leon Ames, excellent as a wily, amoral attorney.
Brace yourself for the shocker ending which, 60-plus years later, is still jaw-dropping; 1950 audiences must have leaped out of their seats. Bonus features include a knowing, and very entertaining commentary track by film noir historian Eddie Muller. (Among other interesting things, Muller reveals he couldn't persuade Simmons to participate in the commentary because she still harbors such painful memories of working with Preminger and producer Howard Hughes.)

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KatherineHere
May 01, 2016

This is one of those movies you wouldn't want to pick for date night.

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Monolith
Sep 30, 2013

A really good '50s murder drama from Otto. Mitch is in his prime. He almost--ALMOST wises up to the conniving ploys of Jean Simmons, but he gets sucked back in. Cuh-razy ending. Shocker.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 18, 2012

Directed by Otto Preminger, 1952's Angel Face is a nicely paced Crime/Thriller about passion gone haywire.

With the innocent face of an angel, and the deceptive heart of a devil, the young and alluring Diane Tremayne uses her many seductive charms to set up the handsome ambulance driver, Frank Jessup, as the fall guy when she secretly plots out the fool-proof murder of her wealthy stepmother in order to collect on her inheritance.

In Angel Face it's all flimsy alibis, heartless betrayals, and thrilling courtroom drama, compounded by the fire of a femme fatale who's too dangerous to trust, but too enticing to resist.

Set in and around Beverly Hills, Angel Face, which was filmed in b&w, stars one of my fave movie tough-guys from the early 1950s, Robert Mitchum.

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Janice21383
May 09, 2011

Trust me, your cheating beloved will get his, one day. In the mean time, enjoy watching Robert Mitchum get his, and more, from fairy princess Jean Simmons.

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Sep 30, 2013

Frank Jessup (of Diane's 'evil' stepmother): "...If she's tryin' to kill you, why did she turn on the gas in her own room first?" Diane Tremayne: "...To make it look as though somebody else were guilty..." Frank Jessup: "Is that what you did?" Diane Tremayne: "Frank, are you accusing me?" Frank Jessup: "I'm not accusing anybody. But if I were a cop, and not a very bright cop at that, I'd say that your story was as phony as a three dollar bill." Diane Tremayne: "...How can you say that to me?" Frank Jessup: "Oh, you mean after all we've been to each other? ...Diane, look. I don't pretend to know what goes on behind that pretty little face of yours -- I don't *want* to. But I learned one thing very early. Never be the innocent bystander -- that's the guy that always gets hurt. If you want to play with matches, that's your business. But not in gas-filled rooms -- that's not only dangerous, it's stupid."

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