The Tarnished Angels (1957)


“Nothing much: Just sat up half the night discussing literature and life with a beautiful, half naked blonde.” – Burke Devlin

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Jan 2020)

Brief Synopsis – Love triangle during the depression between a journalist, a former WWI pilot and his wife.

My Take on it – This is a film that I knew nothing about and was intrigued to watch largely due to the cast that stars Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone.

Unfortunately, beyond their names, this film doesn’t have anything going for it.

The story is presented in a really boring way that just fails to work on any level.

The characters aren’t developed well enough at all and the chemistry between them is almost invisible the whole way through.

The story and plot is very uneven and choppy and comes across really poorly since it fails to be interesting to watch unfold.

Despite having three talented actors in the lead roles, their performances are all quite wooden and that makes it even more difficult to really care about anything that happens to them along the way.

It’s a big shame that these actors are wasted here because IO would have expected much better things from their caliber of talent.

Bottom Line – Really boring film that fails to work on any level. The chemistry between the characters is almost non-existent and none of them are developed deeply enough for us to care about them. The story moves along in a very choppy fashion which doesn’t help make things any more interesting to watch. Some of the scenes between these characters are agonizing to watch due to the wooden acting that doesn’t make us believe anything that is happening at all. I would have expected something much better with a cast like this.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – During the location shooting in San Diego of this film, Robert Stack’s wife was about to have their first child. While filming the tense scene where Stack propositions his own wife (played by Dorothy Malone), suddenly a plane flew right by the cameras with letters tailing four feet tall proclaiming IT’S A GIRL! Rock Hudson had arranged to have the hospital call immediately when the news came and hired a stunt pilot to tow the message behind the plane. Stack was deeply moved by Hudson’s generosity, saying in his autobiography, “It’s a moment I’ve never forgotten. Anybody who tells me that Rock Hudson isn’t a first-class gent had better put up his dukes.” (From IMDB)

Rating – Razzie Worthy (3/10)

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One thought on “The Tarnished Angels (1957)

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