I wouldn't call Angel Face essential noir but there are worse ways to spend an hour & a half. Mitchum is standard Mitchum (not a bad thing) but Jean Simmons steals the show. The final act just sort of flounders and keeps it from being memorable but the final 2 minutes are dynamite.
While the storyline is unoriginal, the script and performances shine under the nicely understated direction of Preminger and the result is a classy (but predictable) noir. Meow....Jean Simmons is riveting as the femme fatale, Diane. And Robert Mitchum is perfectly cast and wonderful as the cynical Frank.
Director Otto Preminger's film noir drama is not one of the best, but still entertaining for fans of the genre. Robert Mitchum brings his unique brand of cool, and Jean Simmons is beautiful and deadly as the devious femme fatale - but the story looses steam in the second half and just never really takes off. Excellent old-fashioned score by Dimitri Tiomkin.
I love Mitchum, Simmons, and Preminger, so I thought it would be a slam dunk, but the story isnt all that good and runs out of steam midway through. You begin hoping they end this one at 60 min mark. Continues for another half hour. It should be said though that Simmons makes a great femme fatale here, yet Mitchum seems bored with the proceedings throughout, hampering the film. Extra star for crazy ending. 3 stars.
I had seen this film before, and was frankly hoping to watch another of Preminger's in a double bill, but it was wonderful to watch again, for the character of the female woman who is controlling everyone and everything despite their own actions and needs. It's a quintessential film noir and it is very easy to watch over and over again.