The Tarnished Angels (1958) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tarnished Angels (1958)




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Movie Info

In this film, Robert Stack is a disillusioned WWI ace eking out a living as a barnstorming pilot/parachutist during the early 1930s. New Orleans newspaperman Rock Hudson runs across Stack at a two-bit carnival. He becomes fascinated with Stack's fall from grace and latches onto him.


Rock Hudson
as Burke Devlin
Robert Stack
as Roger Shumann
Dorothy Malone
as LaVerne Shumann
Alan Reed Sr.
as Col. Fineman
Christopher Olsen
as Jack Shumann
Chris Olson
as Jack Shumann
Troy Donahue
as Frank Burnham
Betty Utey
as Dancing girl
Phil Harvey
as Telegraph editor
Steve Drexel
as Young Man
Eugene Borden
as Claude Mollet
Stephen Ellis
as Mechanic
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Critic Reviews for The Tarnished Angels

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

An enduring philosophical strain of proto-feminist endurance in a land that's both made and menaced by its intrepid warriors.

January 21, 2013

As a purely physical spectacle, the movie is worth anyone's time... that style was substance, or rather that style was philosophy, and he conveys emotions through this mise-en-scène as substantially as through acting, dialogue or plot.

April 1, 2019 | Full Review…

Sirk, known for his rich use of colors, opted to employ black-and-white for The Tarnished Angels -- it was a sound and strategic choice, further amplifying the overcast quality that permeates these characters' lives.

March 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An unsung masterpiece.

March 28, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

One of Douglas Sirk's masterworks.

September 15, 2013 | Full Review…

Sirk mines sombre poetry from these lives, though a tacked-on happy-ish ending lets him down.

August 28, 2013 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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