Tarnished Angel (1938)

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The ex-fiancée of a young rich man becomes the companion of a jewel thief, forming a vaudeville act with face "cure", but after she discovers, that she can really cure people, she decides ... See full summary »


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Director:

Leslie Goodwins

Writers:

Saul Elkins (story), Saul Elkins (adaptation), Jo Pagano (screenplay)

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17 July 2007 | BrentCarleton
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| Compelling expose of fake evangelist perked by Miller song and dance.
Sally Eilers proves genuinely convincing as a woman who poses as a Protestant faith healer in order to dupe a gullible public. To this end, she fills theaters with a ticket buying public by affecting Kathryn Kuhlman style robes and hieratic mannerisms, which reach their emotional pitch when her "stooge" rises up and walks.

Her plans go awry, however, when her better nature becomes emotionally involved in the life of a rich benefactress, and it is she herself, who is exposed. The film's most gripping moment comes when Miss Eilers desperately tries to actually make a crippled child walk.

Ann Miller, playing a nightclub chanteuse, (at age 15!), opens the film with a beautifully delivered swing song, "It's the Doctor's Orders" that demonstrates even at this young age, that she possessed oodles of showmanship and a fine singing voice. Her fans will not be disappointed in the one dance she is allotted either.

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