Angela (1955 film)

Angela is a 1955 American-Italian film noir, written and directed by Dennis O'Keefe, who stars in the film as well.[1] The drama also features Mara Lane, Rossano Brazzi, Arnoldo Foà and others.[2] The film has a voice-over narration that tells the story in flashback, and the film noir type of Angela has been described as femme fatale with elements of betrayal and obsession.[2]

Theatrical poster
Directed byDennis O'Keefe
Produced bySteven Pallos
Augusto Fantechi
Written byDennis O'Keefe
StarringDennis O'Keefe
Mara Lane
Rossano Brazzi
Arnoldo Foà
Music byMario Nascimbene
CinematographyLeonida Barboni
Edited byGiancarlo Cappelli
Distributed byTwentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation
Release date
1954 (Italy)
1955 (United States)
Running time
81 min.
CountryUnited States


O’Keefe (Steve Catlett) stars as an American G.I. who remained in Italy after the war to manage a car dealership. He falls in love with a secretary (Mara Lane), and after only one date with her, she asks him to dispose of her boss’ body, who has died of a heart attack in her apartment. O'Keefe places the body in the trunk of the wrong car and watches helplessly as Lane drives away with it. O’Keefe then goes about trying to fix the situation, but a police inspector (Arnoldo Foà) and Lane’s sadistic husband (Rossano Brazzi) have ulterior motives in store for him.[2]


Reviews and reception

A review in The New York Times was critical of the film, stating that "Mr. O'Keefe has himself a near-dud" and "the camera seems to be waiting for the picture to catch up with it". However, the reviewer praises the performance of Arnoldo Foà as being "ahead of it" [the camera].[3] Hal Erickson reviewed the film for AllMovie and opined that it "lacks the pacing and punch necessary to sustain audience empathy", but O'Keefe still "knows how to frame a scene and get the most out of his largely unknown cast".[4] The Internet Movie Database rates the film a 5.4/10, based on user reviews.[5] Michael Keaney wrote in his book, Film noir guide, that "O’Keefe is okay as the American patsy, as is Italian romantic lead Brazzi as Lane’s sadistic husband, but the all-too-familiar plot doesn’t make the grade".[2]

See also


  1. Andrew Spicer (March 19, 2010). Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press. pp. 225–. ISBN 978-0-8108-7378-0.
  2. Michael F. Keaney (2003). Film noir guide: 745 films of the classic era, 1940–1959. McFarland and Company. pp. 28. ISBN 978-0-7864-6366-4.
  3. H.H.T. (June 4, 1955). "Angela (1955)". The New York Times. Retrieved February 13, 2015.
  4. Hal Erickson. "Angela (1955)". AllMovie. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
  5. "Angela". IMDb. Retrieved February 14, 2015.
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