Black Angel (1946 film)
|Directed by||Roy William Neill|
|Produced by||Tom McKnight|
Roy William Neill
|Screenplay by||Roy Chanslor|
|Based on||the novel The Black Angel|
by Cornell Woolrich
|Music by||Frank Skinner|
|Edited by||Saul A. Goodkind|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (June Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Dan Duryea), team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling), who had been Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to face-to-face confrontations with a determined policeman, Captain Flood (Broderick Crawford), and a shifty nightclub owner, Mr. Marko (Peter Lorre), who Catherine and Martin suspect may be the real killer.
- Dan Duryea as Martin Blair
- June Vincent as Catherine Bennett
- Peter Lorre as Marko
- Broderick Crawford as Captain Flood
- Constance Dowling as Mavis Marlowe
- Wallace Ford as Joe
- Hobart Cavanaugh as Hotel Caretaker
- Freddie Steele as Lucky
- John Phillips as Kirk Bennett
- Ben Bard as Bartender
- Junius Matthews as Dr. Courtney
- Marion Martin as Millie
- Archie Twitchell as George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
- Maurice St. Clair as Dancer (as St. Clair)
- Vilova as Dancer
- Robert Williams as Second Detective
Dark City: The Film Noir, by Spencer Selby, calls Black Angel: "Important, stylish B-noir, featuring Dan Duryea as the ironic central character".
Writer Cornell Woolrich reportedly hated this adaption of his story which, aside from the conclusion, differed greatly from his book.
This was the final film for the prolific Neill, whose directing career encompassed over 100 films starting in 1917.
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