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Encyclopedia > Fallen Angel (1945 movie)
Darnell and Andrews in Fallen Angel
Darnell and Andrews in Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel is a 1945 black-and-white film noir-style movie directed by Otto Preminger. Cinematography by Joseph LaShelle (who also worked with Preminger on Laura a year before). Black-and-white (or variations including Black and White) can refer to a general term used in photography, film, and other media (see black-and-white). ... Film noir is a film style and mood primarily associated with crime films, that portrays its principal characters in a nihilism and existential world. ... Otto Ludwig Preminger (December 5, 1906 – April 23, 1986) was a film director. ... Although literally it means writing in light, the term cinematography is generally understood as the art and process of recording visual images for the cinema (with a camera) and later developping those images in a laboratory. ...


The film begins with a car speeding down the road with the credits zipping by as super-imposed street signs. The camera pulls back and it’s revealed that it’s a bus. Dana Andrews gets pulled off the bus because he doesn’t have enough cash to get to San Fransisco. (he’s about 150 miles short). He walks over to Pop’s Eats (now a noir icon with great “BEER” signs out front) and he runs into a group of men looking for the waitress Stella. Apparently every man in town has a crush on her. So begins a twisted tale of Eric Stanton – a former New York press agent down on his luck that becomes a drifter and con man. After Stella returns (the sexy Linda Darnell) to the diner (to the relief of Pops and others) Stanton cons his way into an empty hotel room to sleep. Its professor Madley (the great John Carradine) and his assistant’s room and Stanton talks his way into helping them get their show publicized. Madley is a traveling soothsayer grifter. When Stanton hooks up with Madley and his spook act he meets Clara and June Mills (Anne Revere and Alice Faye) two suckers Madley wants to take. This article is about the city in California. ... State nickname: Empire State Other U.S. States Capital Albany Largest city New York Governor George Pataki (R) Official languages None (English is de facto) Area 141,205 km² (27th)  - Land 122,409 km²  - Water 18,795 km² (13. ... A confidence trick, confidence game, or con for short, (also known as a scam) is an attempt to intentionally mislead a person or persons (known as the mark) usually with the goal of financial or other gain. ... For prophecy in the context of revealed religions see Prophet. ... A fish of the family Catostomidae. ...

Madley puts on a very entertaining séance by bringing up the finances of the late Abraham Mills – the father of Clara and June. The two leave the séance upset. A séance (pronounced: ) is, on its most basic level, an attempt to communicate with the dead. ...

Meanwhile, Stanton falls in love with Stella. She’s as bad as Stanton. She likes to take money from the diner’s cash register. After a quick romance Stanton decides he wants her. She refuses to marry him because of his poor financial condition. Desperate for money, Eric marries the wealthy local spinster June Mills, who he plans to divorce. Clara sees through the scam but is unable to stop the romance. Stanton can’t stay away from Stella even on his wedding night. Instead of sleeping with his wife, he visits Stella.

Just as he's about to dump his new wife, Stella turns up dead.

Mark Judd (Charles Bickford), a hard-bitten ex-cop turned detective, is investigates the murder that first leads to one of Stella’s ex-boyfriends and after a police-style beating of the suspect finally leads to Stanton.

Stanton flees to a seedy hotel room in San Francisco, with June at his side. He quickly abandons her after taking her money, but he returns when word reaches him that June has been charged with Stella's murder.


Alice Faye (May 5, 1915 - May 9, 1998) was a US actress and singer. ... Dana Andrews Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 - December 17, 1992) was an American actor. ... Linda Darnell Monetta Eloyse Darnell, better known as Linda Darnell (October 16, 1923 – April 10, 1965), was a US film actress. ... Charles Bickford (January 1, 1891 - November 9, 1967) was an American actor, who was born in United States and appearing the productions. ... Anne Revere (June 25, 1903 – December 18, 1990) was an American film actress. ... Bruce Cabot (April 20, 1904 - May 3, 1972) was an American film actor. ... John Carradine (February 5, 1906 - November 27, 1988) was an American actor. ...

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