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4.0 out of 5 stars Faye is a Fallen Angel but an Angel nevertheless, 23 Mar 2011
This review is from: Fallen Angel [1945] [DVD] (DVD)
I have to agree with Mr Taylor in support of Alice Faye and Fallen Angel. It is well known that Alice left Fox because of the severe cutting to her scenes and walked out with years still remaining on her contract at $5,500 per week ! Let's get this right - Alice Faye was a huge star at Fox - Linda Darnell never was - she was a leading lady and a very capable and beautiful actress but Linda Darnell was not a cash cow to Fox as Alice had been for a decade.The mutilation of Alice's scenes so upset her at a studio preview that she got in her car and threw her dressing room keys to the gate man as she drove off the lot that she had been queen of for some 10 + years. Betty Grable had it written into her contract that she had to be photographed in colour - Alice Faye had Director approval in her contract and was the only star at Fox with this clause. Zanuck did not want to lose Alice Faye but he did want her to toe the line and stick to musicals so he probably had a direct hand in the deletion of some of her key scenes which gave a fuller interpretation to her characterisation of June Mills. Zanuck was always involved in the editing of his films and in this case he gaffed as he lost Alice Faye and therefore a great deal of income to Fox. I think that although the June Mills character is not fully flesh and blood , faye does a fairly good job of trying to make her so and the quoting from the bible in the hotel room is fantastic. I have read several books about Preminger and he was happy with Faye's performance in Fallen Angel but even Otto could not stop Zanuck tampering which is sad as Fox and the public lost a warm, tender and capable actress at only 30 years of age.
Judge Fallen Angel knowing the facts please.
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Initial post: 23 Nov 2013 18:25:35 GMT
Andy Torsten says:
ok, but in most of the World parts nobody remembers Alice Faye anymore, but Linda Darnell still had done some very famous films and was a great beauty, what Faye wasn't!
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