144. Fallen Angel (1945)

Leonard Maltin's Rating : 
Should be : 

IMDB Rating : 7.2

Rotten Tomatoes Rating :  78%  (with critics)   61%  (with audience)

In his review Leonard says: "Slow-paced (if good-looking) film noir was an ill-fated change of pace for musical star Faye, in her last starring movie."

I don't get it. Why was it an "ill-fated change?" it was the highest rated movie she ever did according to IMDB. I think it was great she stepped out of her comfort zone to try something else.

And the movie was slow pace, but it was so cleverly crafted that it drew you into it's web.

Alice Fay, wasn't great in this, but she wasn't bad and Dana Andrews, Linda Darnell, John Carradine and Charles Bickford were all really good.

A different kind of noir with the femme fatale getting bumped off fairly early. I had three people I suspected, but it wasn't any of them.

Otto Preminger directed some really good noirs. Laura and Angel Face are two of my all time favorite noirs, and this one is really good too.

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