Fallen Angel
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Otto Preminger directed this stylish film noir exercise, intended as a follow-up to his surprise hit Laura. Kicked off a bus traveling cross-country for not being able to come up with the fare, down-and-out press agent Eric Stanton (Dana Andrews) ends up in Walton, a small coastal town in California. Stanton fast-talks Joe Ellis (Olin Howland) into giving him a place to stay for the night in exchange for promoting Professor Madley (John Carradine), a "mentalist" whose show Ellis manages. While in Walton, Stanton makes the acquaintance of June Mills (Alice Faye), a wealthy but… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The portrait of small-town loneliness and desperation is well and sharply drawn."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"The overall mood, lighting, and pace of the film, nevertheless, are top, hardboiled film noir."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It lacks that desperation, doom, and paranoia. It's limp; it's just going through the motions."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"For all of its acting wealth, Fallen Angel falls short of being a top flight whodunit."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Heck, you almost expect Mildred Pierce to show up at Pop's Diner to sell him some pies!"
‑ Don Willmott, Filmcritic.com
"Worth watching for its fascinating view of the seamy underbelly of parochial life in post-war America."
‑ , Film4
"A sharp, small town melodrama."
‑ , Time Out
"Its subtle analysis of shadowy tropes proves both a continuation and a deepening of Preminger's use of moral ambiguity as a tool of human insight."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"A follow-up film noir to the highly successful Laura."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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