There is a great deal in Fallen Angel that does not stack up. The dialogue and characterisation of the heroine does not convince us as viewers, and therefore would not be potent enough to bring about the change in the characterisation of the film's anti-hero, and there his salvation. The hard-boiled cop from New York, with the farcical interrogation technique, does not gell either. But even with these significant flaws, the Fallen Angel qualifies as an outstanding film noir: Dana Andrews makes more than a good fist of the role, and portrays a vulnerability that you know compels him to do bad things, and Linda Darnell, in the femme fatale role, easily draws you in, as does the main location for plot development, the tiny diner on the quayside, surrounded by fog and a sense of foreboding. The flaws of the Fallen Angel are forgiven and, once seen, the film is not forgotten. Almost a masterpiece.