Black Angel

Black Angel

Infobox Film | name = Black Angel

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director = Roy William Neill
producer = Tom McKnight
Roy William Neill
writer = Cornell Woolrich (novel)
Roy Chanslor
starring =Dan Duryea
June Vincent
Peter Lorre
Broderick Crawford
Constance Dowling
Wallace Ford
Junius Matthews
music =
cinematography =
editing =
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = August 2, 1946 (U.S. release)
runtime = 81 min
language = English
budget =
imdb_id = 0038360

"Black Angel" is a 1946 black-and-white film noir based on the novel by Cornell Woolrich. It was directed by Roy William Neill, who directed many of the Sherlock Holmes film series. This was his last film.


A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (June Vincent), and an alcoholic piano man, Martin (Dan Duryea) team up in an attempt to clear husband of the murder of the drunkard's wife. Their investigation leads them to face-to-face confrontations with a determined policeman (Broderick Crawford) and a shifty nightclub owner (Peter Lorre). Catherine, as the investigation goes on, begins to suspect her new partner of the crime.


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

Writer Cornell Woolrich hated this adaption of his story which, aside from the conclusion, differed greatly from his book.

Main cast

* Dan Duryea as Martin Blair
* June Vincent as Catherine Bennett
* Peter Lorre as Marko
* Broderick Crawford as Captain Flood
* Constance Dowling as Mavis Marlowe
* Wallace Ford as Joe
* Junius Matthews as Dr. Courtney

Pop culture

"Black Angel" is referenced in the 2006 noir-influenced film "The Black Dahlia" starring Scarlett Johansson and Hilary Swank. It is the movie shown playing at the cinema featured in the rainy street scene.


*cite book | author=Eddie Muller | title=Dark City The Lost World of Film Noir | publisher =St. Martin Press | year=1998 | id=ISBN 0-312-18076-4
*cite book | author=Spencer Selby | title=Dark City The Film Noir | publisher =mcFarland Classics | year=1984 | id=ISBN 0-7864-0478-7

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