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The Dark Angel (1935)

Passed | | Drama, Romance | 8 September 1935 (USA)
The close relationship between a woman and her two male childhood friends is tested when she accepts a marriage proposal from one of them, while the burgeoning First World War threatens to change their lives forever.

Director:

Sidney Franklin (as Sidney A. Franklin)

Writers:

Lillian Hellman (screen play), Mordaunt Shairp (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fredric March ... Alan Trent
Merle Oberon ... Kitty Vane
Herbert Marshall ... Gerald Shannon
Janet Beecher ... Mrs. Shannon
John Halliday ... Sir George Barton
Henrietta Crosman ... Granny Vane
Frieda Inescort ... Ann West
Claud Allister ... Lawrence Bidley
Cora Sue Collins ... Kitty as a Child
Fay Chaldecott Fay Chaldecott ... Betty Gallop (as Fay Chaldicott)
George P. Breakston ... Joe Gallop (as George Breakston)
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Storyline

Kitty Vane, Alan Trent, and Gerald Shannon have been inseparable friends since childhood. Kitty has always known she would marry one of them, but has waited until the beginning of World War I before finally choosing Alan. Gerald graciously gives them his blessing. Then, Gerald and Alan go to war. Angered over a misunderstanding involving Alan and Kitty, Gerald sends Alan on a dangerous mission that will change all their lives forever. Written by George S. Davis <mgeorges@prodigy.net>

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Crowds just cannot get enough of the most appealing love story ever filmed!

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 September 1935 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El ángel de las tinieblas See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The play opened on Broadway in New York City on 10 February 1925 and closed in April 1925 after 63 performances. The opening night cast included Claud Allister, who is also in the film. The playbill listed Guy Bolton's alternate name, "H.B. Trevelyan," as the author. See more »

Goofs

Although the bulk of the story takes place during World War I, and the time immediately thereafter, all of the women's clothes and hairstyles, particularly those of Merle Oberon, Janet Beecher and Frieda Inescort are strictly in the 1935 mode. See more »

Connections

Version of The Dark Angel (1925) See more »

Soundtracks

If You Don't Come Back
(uncredited)
Composer unknown
Sung offscreen by soldiers at the inn
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Wartime love triangle
1 August 2018 | by HotToastyRagSee all my reviews

In classic Enchantment, Four Feathers, and Casablanca glory, The Dark Angel is a wartime romance that pins Fredric March and Herbert Marshall against each other for the hand of Merle Oberon. As children, the three grew up as close friends, with young Merle desperately in love with Freddie. Once they grow up, of course, hormones kick in and both men fall in love with their younger playmate. Then, with WWI breaking out, Merle makes the choice to follow her heart, but with unforeseen consequences. . .

My mom always roots for Herbert Marshall's character when she watches this movie, but I think it's just because she's partial to him in other movies. There's nothing wrong with Fredric March's character, and it really does feel like he loves Merle just as much as Bart. But, just in case you prefer Bart, you'll be in good company.

Personally, I like Enchantment and the 1978 version of Four Feathers better, but there are some cute moments. It gets a little far fetched towards the end, but isn't that what old movies are for? A little tears, a little romance, and a little melodrama over a wartime setting. If you agree, check out this classic.


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