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Fallen Angel

Fallen Angel(1945)

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In the film, Alice Faye recites the following poem: "We were born to tread the Earth as angels-to seek out Heaven this side of the sky. But they who race alone shall stumble in the dark and fall from grace. Then love alone can make the Fallen Angel rise-for only two together can enter Paradise." According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts-Special Collections Library, Marion Parsonnet worked on an early version of the screenplay. The extent of her contribution to the completed picture has not been determined, however. A September 12, 1944 Los Angeles Examiner news item reported that Joan Fontaine was being considered for one of the lead roles, while in February 1945, Hollywood Reporter announced that Ida Lupino would play the role of "June Mills." In March 1945, Hollywood Reporter noted that Anne Baxter would be co-starring with Linda Darnell. Although studio press releases and a Hollywood Reporter news item include Paul Power, Stuart Holmes and Broderick O'Farrell in the cast, their appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The legal records list the following California locations at which scenes in the film were shot: the Ocean Park Bowling Center in Ocean Park; the California Bank at the corner of Vine St. and Hollywood Blvd. in Hollywood; Sycamore Pier in Malibu; the city of Orange; and San Francisco. A June 1945 Hollywood Reporter news item noted that filming had ended in Palos Verdes, CA. Several reviews compared the picture to Laura, a 1944 Twentieth Century-Fox production that was also directed by Preminger, starred Dana Andrews, and featured music by David Raksin and photography by Joseph La Shelle.
       A May 13, 1945 New York Times article reported that Alice Faye was cast in Fallen Angel after a contract dispute with Twentieth Century-Fox, in which she won the right to appear in only one picture per year, for which she would have full script approval. Faye fought to be cast in the picture because she wanted to appear in a drama rather than a musical, according to New York Times. According to contemporary sources, Faye was to sing the song "Slowly." The number was instead recorded by singer Dick Haymes, whose voice is heard on the jukebox and radio in the film. According to modern sources, Faye was angered when studio production chief Darryl F. Zanuck ordered her rendition of the song, as well as several of her dramatic scenes, cut from the picture in order to emphasize Linda Darnell's role. Consequently, Faye left Twentieth Century-Fox without fulfilling the rest of her contract, which called for the making of two more films. Fallen Angel was Faye's first picture since the 1943 film The Gang's All Here, (although she did make a brief singing appearance in 1944's Four Jills and a Jeep); it was her first and only purely dramatic role; and was her last film until the 1962 picture State Fair, for which she returned to Twentieth Century-Fox (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1961-70; F6.4688). On June 17, 1946, Lux Radio Theatre presented a broadcast of Fallen Angel starring Darnell, Maureen O'Hara and Mark Stevens.