|~Ronald Colman & Vilma Banky~
Ronald Colman ... Captain Alan Trent
Vilma Bánky ... Kitty Vane
Wyndham Standing ... Gerald Shannon
Frank Elliott ... Lord Beaumont
Charles Lane ... Sir Hubert Vane
Helen Jerome Eddy ... Miss Bottles
Florence Turner ... Roma
Roger Byrne ... Little boy
Albert Schaefer ... Fat kid
|Directed by: George Fitzmaurice
Written by: Frances Marion
Based on the play The Dark Angel, a Play of Yesterday
and To-day by H. B. Trevelyan (London, 1928).
We have been waiting, a long time for George Fitzmaurice to give us a picture
with all the beauty and artistry for which he is famous, in the background,
over-shadowed by the story and submerged by a great heart throb, the
poignant note of real human warmth.
In "The Dark Angel," he has done it and it doing it has made not only the
greatest picture of his career but one of the finest pictures which have ever
come to the screen. As proof, the English hunting lodge is probably among the
most beautiful sets he has ever achieved, yet against it are happenings of so
vivid appeal that you enjoy the set only subconsciously.
This story of a great love that survived war, separation, scandal, and belief of
death and the fact of blindness, is presented delicacy, a charm and an utter
realism that prove more than pictures for many moons the possibilities of the
screen in this direction.
Another real service it performs is to bring to picture audiences for the first
time the little Hungarian actress Vilma Banky. She seems to us the find of the
year and should crowd Norma Shearer very close for first honors among the
young stars. Under Fitzmaurice's able direction, she makes the young English
girl who defies convention for the man she loves and risks her own good
name to protect his, exquisitely touching and very real.
The night battle scenes, of which there are just enough, are most effective.
Ronald Colman's work as the hero is excellent and he has never looked more
handsome. His lightness of touch makes the scenes after his blindness much
bigger and more pathetic than a heavier hand would have done. I. St. J.
|~Photoplay Magazine, November 1925~
Production Company: The Samuel Goldwyn Company
Released by: First National Pictures
Cinematography by: George Barnes
Presenter: Samuel Goldwyn
Length: 8 Reels
Runtime: 80 minutes
Released: September 27, 1925
|~Vilma Banky & Helen Jerome Eddy~