Black Angel

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Black Angel
Black Angel Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roy William Neill
Produced by Tom McKnight
Roy William Neill
Screenplay by Roy Chanslor
Based on the novel The Black Angel
by Cornell Woolrich
Starring Dan Duryea
June Vincent
Peter Lorre
Music by Frank Skinner
Cinematography Paul Ivano
Edited by Saul A. Goodkind
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1946 (1946-08-02) (United States)
Running time
81 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Black Angel is a 1946 American crime film noir directed by Roy William Neill starring Dan Duryea, June Vincent and Peter Lorre.[1]


A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (June Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Dan Duryea), team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling), who had been Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to face-to-face confrontations with a determined policeman, Captain Flood (Broderick Crawford), and a shifty nightclub owner, Mr. Marko (Peter Lorre), who Catherine and Martin suspect may be the real killer.



Dark City: The Film Noir, by Spencer Selby, calls Black Angel: "Important, stylish B-noir, featuring Dan Duryea as the ironic central character".[citation needed]

Writer Cornell Woolrich reportedly hated this adaption of his story which, aside from the conclusion, differed greatly from his book.[citation needed]



Additional references[edit]

  • Eddie Muller (1998). Dark City The Lost World of Film Noir. St. Martin Press. ISBN 0-312-18076-4. 
  • Spencer Selby (1984). Dark City The Film Noir. mcFarland Classics. ISBN 0-7864-0478-7. 

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