Black Angel

Film, Thrillers
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Not exactly a pristine Cornell Woolrich adaptation, since the brooding subjectivism (so lovingly preserved in a real poverty row quickie like Fear in the Night) has been partly pruned to leave a moody thriller along the lines of Phantom Lady, beautifully crafted with the sort of unpretentious skill Neill brought to the Rathbone-Bruce Sherlock Holmes series. The authentic tang of noir is lent by Duryea, superb in (for once) a sympathetic role as the tormented musician with the faithless wife who finds the solution to the mystery of her murder surfacing through the alcoholic haze of his memory. Lovely supporting cast too.

By: TM

Release details

Duration: 80 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Roy William Neill
Screenwriter: Roy Chanslor
Cast: Dan Duryea
June Vincent
Peter Lorre
Broderick Crawford
Wallace Ford
Constance Dowling
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