Half Angel (1951)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Release Date - May 5, 1951 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 77 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

A moderately entertaining romantic comedy, Half Angel will be enjoyed most by those who are willing to let their credulity be stretched to the limit. The believability problem doesn't really rest with Loretta Young being, at age 38, a bit long in the tooth for this kind of thing, for Young has the kind of innate youthfulness that allows a viewer to overlook this. The bigger problem is that the basic set-up of a woman who clearly has some sort of multiple personality disorder that manifests itself whenever she's asleep is too strange to be the basis of a standard-issue comedy. It requires a more bizarre approach than this for-laughs-only attack on it. There are numerous other credibility problems too, mostly involving the unbelievable way in which the court case is handled. However, for those who are willing to accept these are part of the package, Angel will be a fairly pleasant, if extraordinarily lightweight, diversion. Even these viewers, however, may find the extremely talented but very miscast Joseph Cotten problematic. He's visibly uncomfortable in this part, and that definitely damages Angel's success. The supporting cast is solid, and Richard Sale's direction is efficient if unimpressive.