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The Tarnished Angels (1957)

Story of a friendship between an eccentric journalist and a daredevil barnstorming pilot.

Director:

Douglas Sirk

Writers:

William Faulkner (novel), George Zuckerman (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Burke Devlin
Robert Stack ... Roger Shumann
Dorothy Malone ... LaVerne Shumann
Jack Carson ... Jiggs
Robert Middleton ... Matt Ord
Alan Reed ... Colonel Fineman
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Sam Hagood
Christopher Olsen ... Jack Shumann (as Chris Olsen)
Robert J. Wilke ... Hank
Troy Donahue ... Frank Burnham
William Schallert ... Ted Baker
Betty Utey Betty Utey ... Dancing Girl
Phil Harvey ... Telegraph Editor
Steve Drexel Steve Drexel ... Young Man
Eugene Borden Eugene Borden ... Claude Mollet
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Storyline

In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne. Written by Alfred Jingle

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pylon See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$9,788
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Both Robert Stack and Christopher Olsen have appeared in movies where they played the same character as Robert Lyden: Robert Stack and Robert Lyden portrayed Kyle Hadley at different ages in Written on the Wind (1956) whereas Christopher Olsen and Robert Lyden portrayed Donald Kahn at different ages in I'll See You in My Dreams (1951). See more »

Goofs

Despite the fact that the story is taking place in the early 1930s, all of Dorothy Malone's clothing, hairstyles and make-up are strictly 1957, the year the picture was filmed. See more »

Quotes

Ted Baker: On the level, what'd you do last night?
Burke Devlin: Nothing much:just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.
Ted Baker: You better change bootleggers.
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Old Folks at Home
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
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Tarnished Angels is a great film
20 September 2005 | by taguanutivorySee all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of "The Tarnished Angels," on a wide screen with a fresh print, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City back in 1980, with no less than Douglas Sirk himself invited by MOMA as a special guest. The film blew everybody away emotionally; Hudson, Stack, and Malone all give performances that are equally tough and vulnerable, but the grandeur of Sirk's mise-en-scene, which really has to be seen in a theater on a wide screen to be fully appreciated, is a textbook example of the art of telling a story in film terms with both force and grace. Don't mind the other reviewer; Faulkner himself, according to Sirk, said it was the best adaptation of his work he had seen in films.


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