Angel Face ★★★½

Holy shit, Jean Simmons is EVIL !
This is her picture, not Mitchum's. At first I thought she wasn't quite right for the role, but actually she's perfect.
The characters are complex, at turns dumber and smarter than expected. Are we to believe Simmons' hokey Freudian explanation for her behaviour? Damned if I know. My own encounter with a real-life Angel Face fucked me up for good, and for the rest of my life I'll be wondering if she ever told the truth, and to what extent she even understood the meaning of that word.

Too uneven to be a real scorcher, but Preminger's flair for shock value is put to good use. Killer soundtrack by Dimitri Tiomkin!