Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel

Synopsis

Dana Andrews (who also appeared in Preminger's hugely successful film Laura the previous year) stars as Eric Stanton, a press agent down on his luck, who drifts into a small coastal town in California. He meets June (Alice Faye), a wealthy but reclusive woman, and has his eye on Stella (Linda Darnell), a sultry waitress. Although falling in love with Stella, Eric is broke and decides to marry June for her money, planning a rapid divorce in favour of Stella. However, when Stella is mysteriously murdered, he becomes a suspect and things begin to go wrong...

Fallen Angel centres on Eric's relationship with the two women. As in the later Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), Dana Andrews embodies a character who is dangerously untrustworthy but in whom women seem to recognise an underlying integrity. However, little in the film is quite as it seems. Stella proves to be more principled than expected and June is less inhibited. Eric is not quite the rat he first appears to be and his cynicism is ultimately transformed into romance, indicated in the line of verse from which the film takes its title: 'Then love alone can make the fallen angel rise.'

The film explores, as do many other melodramas of the period such as Mildred Pierce (1945) and Shadow of a Doubt (1943), the attraction exerted by a raffish or unreliable man who brings excitement into the lives of women seemingly trapped in small-town boredom.

Special Features

- Trailer
- Biographies of Otto Preminger and Marty Holland

Technical Specs

Director: Otto Preminger
Year: 1945
Country: USA
Language: English
Duration: 98 min
Colour: B/W
Certificate: PG