The Tarnished Angels

Synopsis: In the 1930's, a First World War flying ace named Roger Schumann is reduced to making appearances on the crash-and-burn circuit of stunt aerobatics. His family are forced to live like dogs while Shumann pursues his only true love, the airplane. When Burke Devlin, a reporter, shows up on the scene to do a "whatever happened to" story on Shumann, he is repulsed by the war hero's diminished circumstances and, conversely, drawn to his stunning wife, LaVerne.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Douglas Sirk
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
91 min

Yeah, not bad... for

flying billboards.

Flying billboards?


That's a hot one, ain't it?

Hey, Burke. Look, you play ball with

me, I'll match your pay cheque.

Something's the matter

with my typewriter.

Can't seem to spell out

"Diamond Blade Tractors".


- Real trim, huh?

- Shut up.

Boy, that turned-up nose

is sure getting you down.

Ride the plane, kid, not me.

The air show? Keep it down.

We're tight on space.

- I'll write it, you cut it.

- I could Chuck it in the waste basket.

- You got something against war heroes?

- What war? The war between the states?

There have been other wars.

Your war hero's probably just

a greasy, drunken Gypsy.

What do you think that air show is?

A cheap, crummy carnival of death.

Did you expect me to

Spike it with cream?

No time to give you a

temperance lecture now.

I could tell you of winged

knights jousting with death,

if I felt you could smell a

story the way you smell whisky.

- The redhead was asking about you.

- What'd you tell her?

I told her we'd look in on her tonight

if she got a fourth for bridge.

I can't make it tonight...

and no arguments.

Well, I'll have to

round up a poker game.

- Is it Ok if we use your flat?

- No.

- You entertaining a maiden aunt?

- No, just some Gypsies.



- Hello.

- Hello.

- What are you reading?

- One of your books.


My Antonia by Willa Cather.

Nostalgia in Nebraska.

Lost farms and faded loves.

Brings back memories

of home, who I was.

And how I was, when I first

started reading it...

- 12 years ago.

- Never finished it?

No, I never did.

- I left it behind when I left home.

- Oh. Did you run away?

I never thought of it that way.

I had a good home.

Well, then what took you away?

A Liberty Bond poster.

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George Zuckerman

George Zuckerman (August 10, 1916 – September 30, 1996) was an American screenwriter and novelist. Zuckerman began his career writing short stories for Cosmopolitan, Collier's Weekly, and Esquire in the 1940s. He wrote the stories for the 1947 films The Fortress and Whispering City before completing his first screenplay, Trapped, in 1949. Additional credits include Border Incident (1949), B-movies like Spy Hunt (1950), Under the Gun (1951), Taza, Son of Cochise (1954), and The Square Jungle, and his best known works, Written on the Wind (1956) and The Tarnished Angels (1958), both collaborations with director Douglas Sirk. Zuckerman's published novels include The Last Flapper (1969), loosely based on the life of Zelda Fitzgerald and The Potato Peelers (1974). Zuckerman died in Santa Monica, California one month after his 80th birthday. more…

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