Black Angel (1946 film)

Black Angel is a 1946 American crime film noir directed by Roy William Neill starring Dan Duryea, June Vincent and Peter Lorre.[1]

Black Angel
Directed byRoy William Neill
Produced byTom McKnight
Roy William Neill
Screenplay byRoy Chanslor
Based onthe novel The Black Angel
by Cornell Woolrich
StarringDan Duryea
June Vincent
Peter Lorre
Music byFrank Skinner
CinematographyPaul Ivano
Edited bySaul A. Goodkind
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1946 (1946-08-02) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



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.



Additional references

  • Eddie Muller (1998). Dark City The Lost World of Film Noir. St. Martin Press. ISBN 0-312-18076-4.
  • Spencer Selby (1984). Dark City The Film Noir. mcFarland Classics. ISBN 0-7864-0478-7.
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