Release dateAugust 2, 1946 (1946-08-02) (United States) Based onthe novel The Black Angel
by Cornell Woolrich WriterRoy Chanslor (screenplay), Cornell Woolrich (novel) ScreenplayCornell Woolrich, Roy Chanslor CastDan Duryea (Martin Blair), June Vincent (Catherine Bennett), Peter Lorre (Marko), Broderick Crawford (Captain Flood), Constance Dowling (Mavis Marlowe), Wallace Ford (Joe) Similar moviesThe Big Sleep, The Asphalt Jungle, Detour, Double Indemnity, They Live by Night, Notorious
TaglineDuryea! ...that fascinating tough-guy of "Scarlet Street"!
Black Angel is a 1946 American crime film noir directed by Roy William Neill starring Dan Duryea, June Vincent and Peter Lorre.
A falsely convicted man's wife, Catherine (June Vincent), and an alcoholic composer and pianist, Martin (Dan Duryea), team up in an attempt to clear her husband of the murder of a blonde singer, Mavis Marlowe (Constance Dowling), who had been Martin's wife. Their investigation leads them to face-to-face confrontations with a determined policeman, Captain Flood (Broderick Crawford), and a shifty nightclub owner, Mr. Marko (Peter Lorre), who Catherine and Martin suspect may be the real killer.
Dan Duryea as Martin Blair
June Vincent as Catherine Bennett
Peter Lorre as Marko
Broderick Crawford as Captain Flood
Constance Dowling as Mavis Marlowe
Wallace Ford as Joe
Hobart Cavanaugh as Hotel Caretaker
Freddie Steele as Lucky
John Phillips as Kirk Bennett
Ben Bard as Bartender
Junius Matthews as Dr. Courtney
Marion Martin as Millie
Archie Twitchell as George Mitchell (as Michael Branden)
Maurice St. Clair as Dancer (as St. Clair)
Vilova as Dancer
Robert Williams as Second Detective
Dark City: The Film Noir, by Spencer Selby, calls Black Angel: "Important, stylish B-noir, featuring Dan Duryea as the ironic central character".
Writer Cornell Woolrich reportedly hated this adaption of his story which, aside from the conclusion, differed greatly from his book.
This was the final film for the prolific Neill, whose directing career encompassed over 100 films starting in 1917.