Tonight's Saturday Night Cinema selection stars my man, the hot and hulky Robert Mitchum, playing (ahem) chauffeur to rich and beautiful (and neurotic) Jean Simmons in Otto Preminger's Angel Face. Simmons gives new meaning to femme fatale.
Jean Simmons' fascinating interpretation of an uncharacteristic role is the main drawing card of Otto Preminger's Angel Face. The daughter of Charles Treymayne (Herbert Marshall), who remarried a wealthy woman (Barbara O'Neil), Diane Treymayne's (Simmons) angelic countenance masks an unbridled psychotic who'll let nothing stand in the way of her happiness.
I'd rather not say more and spoil the twisted plot. Emanuel Levy called it a "superb Freudian crime thriller, noir-inflected in theme but shot by and large in crisp, bright drawing-rooms."
As an easygoing ambulance driver, Mr. Mitchum is annexed by a beautiful, smitten introvert, Miss Simmons, who, after installing him as a chauffeur, turns out to be the neurotic of all time. The early scenes of simmering byplay between this mysterious young lady, her fanatically adored father, Herbert Marshall, and hated stepmother, Barbara O'Neil, with the chauffeur as pawn, promise some tingling, civilized intrigue. (NY Times)
ANGEL FACE, screen play by Frank Nugent and Oscar Millard; directed and produced by Otto Preminger for R. K. O. Radio Pictures. At the Mayfair.
Diane . . . . . Jean Simmons
Frank . . . . . Robert Mitchum
Mary . . . . . Mona Freeman
Mr. Tremayne . . . . . Herbert Marshall
Fred Barrett . . . . . Leon Ames
Mrs. Tremayne . . . . . Barbara O'Neil
Bill . . . . . Kenneth Tobey