One of Douglas Sirk’s bleakest films, Angels reunites Rock Hudson, Robert Stack and Dorothy Malone from ’56’s Written On The Wind, this time in stark, widescreen B&W.
The story’s adapted from William Faulkner’s novel Pylon: Stack’s an embittered ex-WW 1 flying ace reduced to touring the carny circuit, Malone’s his parachutist wife, with Jack Carson the mechanic carrying a hopeless torch for her when Hudson’s boozy journo sees a romantic story in the washed-up trio.
Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down.
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