Thursday, October 29, 2009

Black Angel (1946), Roy William Neil.

Solid thriller.   This film likely appealed to the women who were holding the fort back home during the war. When a shady two-timing husband is convicted of his girlfriend's murder, his wife (played by June Vincent) picks up where the overworked cops left off.   Vincent assumes a very male role, essentially playing the detective, in the very masculine genre of film noir.  She poses as a nightclub singer to keep an eye on suspects.  Her husband, played by John Bennett, is surprisingly a minor character and mostly unseen.  Peter Lorre appears as mystery man with the best office in LA.  What a view!

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