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Angel Baby (1961)

Approved | | Drama | 14 May 1961 (USA)
In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the love of one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand (Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named ... See full summary »


Paul Wendkos, Hubert Cornfield (uncredited)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
George Hamilton ... Paul Strand
Mercedes McCambridge ... Sarah Strand
Joan Blondell ... Mollie Hays
Henry Jones ... Ben Hays
Burt Reynolds ... Hoke Adams
Salome Jens ... Angel Baby
Roger Clark ... Sam Wilcox
Dudley Remus Dudley Remus ... Otis Finch
R.L. Armstrong R.L. Armstrong ... The Shanty Man
Harry Swoger Harry Swoger ... Big Cripple
Eddie Firestone ... Blind Man
Victoria Adams Victoria Adams ... Ma Brooks
Barbara Biggart Barbara Biggart ... Farm girl
Bert Williams Bert Williams ... The Killer
Theodore Lehmann Theodore Lehmann ... Willis Ferguson


In his film debut, Burt Reynolds vies with George Hamilton for the love of one heavenly woman. In the American South, evangelist Paul Strand (Hamilton) meets a beautiful, young mute named Jenny, affectionately known as Angel Baby. When Paul prays for her, Jenny's voice miraculously returns ... and the two fall in love, sparking jealousy in Paul's older wife and Jenny's predatory lover (Reynolds). With Paul and Sarah quarreling furiously, Jenny leaves as a traveling evangelist and starts to believe that she possesses divine healing powers. But does she...?

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THE SINNER who became a DEVIL SMASHER!!! (original print ad - mostly caps) See more »




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14 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Madera Productions See more »
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1.85 : 1
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The film was originally released as a combination of Bible and sex, like a mini-DeMille picture. It proved a disaster, so they dumped it on television. See more »


When Paul is loading the truck after the first tent revival meeting, a shadow of the boom microphone is visible on the back of the truck. See more »


Angel Baby: I didn't know the sweet light of Jesus then. I didn't know you. Oh, Brother Strand. I gotta say it, and you gotta let me say it. It's been burning in my heart since you give me my healing. Whatever I am now... or come to be... is because of you.
Paul Strand: Because of God, Jenny.
Angel Baby: [Taking his hands] Put your hands to my throat. The way you did that night to give me my healing.
Paul Strand: Jenny, I told you it was God.
Angel Baby: It was you.
Paul Strand: Jenny, this isn't right.
Angel Baby: I can't help myself. Don't you know how I feel? How seeing you ...
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Rise Up Singing
Music and lyrics by Wayne Shanklin
Performed by church revival crowd
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Evangelical sharks
5 April 2019 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the wake of the success of Elmer Gantry in the previous year, Angel Baby with a considerably smaller budget came out in 1961. This story is a good deal trashier and it introduces Salome Jens in the title role of a faith healing evangelist who is sincere, but surrounded by sharks.

Young evangelist George Hamilton after healing her dumbness at a meeting falls big time for her. It was a hysterical dumbness after a traumatic experience. Jens decides that evangelism is for her.

Hamilton falls for her, but he's already married to much older woman Mercedes McCambridge. Jens has this good ole boy young Burt Reynolds panting after her. When she strikes out on her own in the evangelical profession Jens has her two leeching parents, Henry Jones and Joan Blondell. She also has a real snake for a manager in Roger Clark.

Angel Baby is pretty trashy stuff. But a good cast makes it interesting.

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