The Tarnished Angels 03/12/19

KL Studio Classics

Douglas Sirk took our heads off with this intense, thematically adult tale of love and obsession in a Depression-Era flying circus that’s the open air equivalent of the marathon dance craze — pilots die to thrill the crowd. The terrific-looking show provides career near-best roles for some deserving actors: Robert Stack, Dorothy Malone, Jack Carson and Robert Middleton … but the newly-minted star Rock Hudson seems miscast. Taken from a novel by William Faulkner, this impressive B&W + CinemaScope film is the one Douglas Sirk decided was his favorite. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.