Fallen Angel [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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However in Alice's defence it must be pointed out that her performance as seen in the finished print was far short of what she had originally created. It is a well documented fact that she filmed several other scenes with Dana Andrews which according to Alice added dimension and motivation to her character. In one of these she sang the song Slowly as it played on the car radio (in the film it is heard on the juke box several times sung by Dick Haymes) in a dramatic scene ending in a row with Dana Andrews at the end of which he slapped her.
Alice had believed that Fallen Angel would initiate a new period in her screen career, with more serious roles. She had very high hopes of it, working with the star and director of 1944's Laura. However, in the editing, the emphasis of the story was shifted to bad girl Stella at the expense of June. Whether this happened at Preminger's or Zanuck's instruction is not known, but it caused a huge rift between Alice and Darryl F Zanuck. Alice, aware that her performance was no longer as effective as she wanted, is alleged to have left a preview screening of Fallen Angel at the studio in tears, never to return until 1962. In the late 1940's Fox sent many scripts to her in the hope of wooing her back - eg A Letter to three wives - but all to no avail.
So, I do ask modern viewers to bear all that in mind. Alice's characterization shows June to be a warm, romantic individual who is literally swept off her feet and it is her trusting belief in Eric which prevails in the end. She understands Eric's shortcomings but believes her love can transcend them, which it does.Read more ›
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This outing with Dana Andrews as the anti hero is man down on his luck and looking for a way back when he ends up in a small town with a rich heiress. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2014 by Blade
R. J. Blower in his review states that "There is a great deal in Fallen Angel that does not stack up". Read morePublished on 29 July 2013 by Asio flammeus
I happened to catch this film on TCM after the opening credits, and fortunately decided to press Record after the first couple of minutes. Read morePublished on 17 Feb. 2012 by J. Kinory
This is pure film-noir formula: a stranger arrives in town, gets involved in a scam for a beautiful girl, and suddenly finds his life moving in a unexpected direction. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2012 by rob crawford