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Angel Face [DVD]

Robert Mitchum , Jean Simmons , Otto Preminger    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman, Herbert Marshall, Leon Ames
  • Directors: Otto Preminger
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 11 July 2011
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051GHTT8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,510 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This is the first UK DVD release of this 1952 drama from RKO Pictures. It started like any other night... Ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum) gets a call from the house of Catherine Tremayne (Barbara O'Neil), little realising where this routine call will take him. Mrs Tremayne has a beautiful, wilful stepdaughter Diane (Jean Simmons); she's attracted to Frank and insists he take a job as the family chauffeur. Frank's wary of getting too close to the kid, however, especially when he realises she's not as sweet as she looks. But Diane has a habit of getting what she wants and it doesn't matter what - or who - it costs...


Outrageous melodrama --Halliwells Film Guide

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
The title of this review is a paraphrase of an observation offered by the man on the commentary track. This is an RKO picture, a Howard Hughes production--there are details about that statement that make the commentary track well worth hearing. The film stars Robert Mitchum. I had never quite formulated that particular thought, but having heard it, I immediately realized it was perfectly true: Robert Mitchum WAS the coolest guy in America.

He was so cool that on screen he could act like a perfect chump from first frame to last and still seem cool. He was so cool that in an America where Lucy and Ricky could not share a bed, he could get busted for possession of marijuana, take all the heat and all the publicity without whimper or complaint, then go right on being as big a movie star as ever, and still the coolest guy in sight.

Previous Amazon reviews have been impressively sound in describing this picture. I have nothing to add beyond endorsing their high ratings. This is an unpretentious little noirish film. It boasts a fine cast from Jean Simmons in an uncharacteristic role, to Herbert Marshall in a characteristic one, to Kenneth Tobey and Mona Freeman in fine supporting performances. Otto Preminger was a wonderfully skilled (if wholly obnoxious) director. This movie works, satisfying in ways that some more famous films do not.

This DVD of "Angel Face" offers a good film, a good print and not much in the way of bells and whistles beyond a useful (for once) commentary. You won't go wrong with it.

Five appropriately cool stars.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
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Angel Face is directed by Otto Preminger and adapted to screenplay by Ben Hecht, Oscar Millard and Frank S. Nugent from a story written by Chester Erskine. It stars Robert Mitchum, Jean Simmons, Mona Freeman and Herbert Marshall. Music is scored by Dimitri Tiomkin and cinematography is by Harry Stradling

The Tremayne residence, home to beguiling beauty Diane Tremayne (Simmons). When ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Mitchum) meets her for the first time, little did he know that he would soon be engulfed in a world of sexual desires and possible murder.

Well if it aint the dead body jockey.

In film noir circles it's certainly well known enough, and it can count a number of big names in the movie world as its supporters, yet Angel Face still appears to be something of a forgotten treasure. It's a wickedly dark Freudian picture that pulses with impending doom, luring the viewer into its web that's been threaded together by deceit, seduction, greed and madness. The viewer is never quite sure what will out as the Diane/Frank relationship starts to form, we have a good idea that Frank is in it up to his neck, and you sense he knows it as well, but the twists and turns in the narrative keep things suspenseful; right up to the bold and black hearted finale.

The themes at work in the story are beautifully aided by two compelling central performances from Mitchum (Out of the Past) and Simmons (Elmer Gantry), the former is very restrained, muscular and on iconic cigarette smoking form, the latter is suspiciously sexy, angelic yet dangerous and exuding a poker face charm. In support Mona Freeman (The Heiress) makes good out of a too small a role as the polar opposite "other" girl.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly an Angel Face 1 Mar 2010
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I remember seeing this movie at a very young age at our local cinema. I believe it was the first Robert Mitchum movie I had seen certainly the first Jean Simmons. About the same time I remember A Place In The Sun with Montgomery Clift, Shirley Winters & Elizabeth Taylor. Both movies left such an impact on a young mind that almost 60 years later they have never left me. If you are not familiar with the plot Jean Simmons in her first Hollywood movie as the beautiful Diane Tremayne and her obsession for Ambulance driver Frank Jessup (Robert Mitchum).They both made bigger impacts in later movies but in this one they were perfect together. Browsing Amazon as I do I found it and at a budget price and was glad I did. I had seen it on TV a long while ago but now I own it. Jean certainly had a Angel Face and in this movie was never more beautiful. Sadly the stars are no longer with us and the old movie theatre where I spent many happy hours is also gone..Until I grow to old to dream I will never forget them.....
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By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER
RKO Radio Pictures presents "ANGEL FACE" (1952) (91 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- 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.

A Howard Hughes production, Angel Face has one of the most sensational conclusions in film - one has to see it to believe it

Special footnote trivia -- When Robert Mitchum got fed up with repeated re-takes in which the director Otto Preminger ordered him to slap Jean Simmons across the face, he turned around and slapped Preminger, asking whether it was this way he wanted it. Preminger immediately demanded from Howard Hughes for Mitchum to be replaced. Hughes refused.

Under the production staff of:
Otto Preminger [Director/Producer]
Frank S. Nugent [Screenplay]
Oscar Millard [Screenplay]
Chester Erskine [Story]
Dimitri Tiomkin [Original Film Music]
Harry Stradling Sr. [Cinematographer]
Frederic Knudtson [Film Editor]

1. Otto Ludwig Preminger [Director]
Date of Birth: 5 December 1905 - Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary (now Wyschnyzja, Ukraine))
Date of Death: 23 April 1986 - New York City, New York

2. Robert Mitchum [aka: Robert Charles Durman Mitchum]
Date of Birth: 6 August 1917 - Bridgeport, Connecticut
Date of Death: 1 July 1997 - Santa Barbara, California

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great film to this day.
the film nevers dies. still great to this day. great acting, great for the whole family to watch.
buy it now.
Published 21 days ago by dave
4.0 out of 5 stars Cotter Pins and Springs - the British Car Industry Partly to Blame
Oozes quality in all areas except plot and emotional impact which is ultimately the fault with the noir genre I think. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mario
4.0 out of 5 stars Underappreciated
This is an under appreciated film. what a nasty character Jean Simmons plays? Why on earth didn't some spank the character Diane at an early age? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Ms. Nicola J. Booth
5.0 out of 5 stars angel face
a good film well acted especially from jean simmons who sweet as she is always played
the part of a femme fatale very well. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rodney Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Angel Face dvd bought from Amazon
I love this film as I am an avid Robert Mitchum fan..sad end tho, recorded it many years ago on VHS but wanted the DVD also !
Published 21 months ago by droolet
4.0 out of 5 stars Role reversal
This is noir. Robert Mitchum never gets the message that beautiful young women are fatal to your future.
Published on 16 July 2010 by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars VINTAGE FILM NOIR
If you like Robert Mitchum and dark broody films, this is for you.

The ending is rather abrupt and unexpected but the story retains its interest throughout.
Published on 6 April 2010 by Donald Mackay
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow moving
Diane (Jean Simmons) blames her stepmother Catherine (Barbara O'Neil) for her father Charles's (Herbert Marshall) lack of financial success. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2010 by Alex da Silva
4.0 out of 5 stars Jean Simmons & Otto Preminger should take chess lessons
I would have awarded this film five stars until I saw the sloppy scene of Jean Simmons picking up the white king from the chess board. Read more
Published on 20 Nov 2009 by hmorley
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