The Night Angel

  • 1931
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Drama

What started as a high-minded project for Goulding, who wrote and directed one of Nancy Carroll's most successful pictures, THE DEVIL'S HOLIDAY, in 1930, became poorly constructed, haphazard, and insincere for all involved. March plays a district attorney in Prague, forced to close down the cafe of Skipworth, a place of ill fame, sending the keeper to jail....read more

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What started as a high-minded project for Goulding, who wrote and directed one of Nancy Carroll's most successful pictures, THE DEVIL'S HOLIDAY, in 1930, became poorly constructed, haphazard, and insincere for all involved. March plays a district attorney in Prague, forced to close down the

cafe of Skipworth, a place of ill fame, sending the keeper to jail. March relegates the daughter, Carroll, to a nurse's home instead of the reformatory, until the mother is released from jail. When the mother and daughter are reunited, March visits the establishment. He is attacked by the doorman,

Hale, who is madly in love with Carroll and therefore jealous of March. March kills the man in self-defense, and then is tried for the murder. He is saved when Carroll gives a tear-filled speech, declaring her love for March. The loose script and poorly paced direction receive no help from the

performers, with the possible exception of Hale, who manages to be believable. March plows through his lines with no interest in the words, and Carroll, in a role originally designed for Marlene Dietrich, seems ill at ease in her ambiguous position.

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