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


Who's your old man, kid?

Huh? Who's your old man?

Who's your old man today, kid?

Huh? Who's your old man? (LAUGHS)

Who's your old man today, kid, huh?

Ok, champ.

We're just having a

little fun, that's all.

The kid's not laughing.

You've got to quit fighting

old-timers. You almost killed him.

How about taking me on?

- For an ice-cream cone.

- Chocolate?

- Anything you say.

- Oh, boy!

- You Ok now, Dempsey?

- My name ain't Dempsey.

What is it? Tunney? Sharkey?


- Jack Shumann.

- Shumann...

- Roger Shumann your old man?

- He's my father.

Oh. Great flier. Real war ace.

Shot down 14 German planes.

- 16.

- Books say 14.

They didn't count right.

They missed two.

All right. I'll take

your word for it.

- How old are you?

- Nine.

Nine, huh? Pretty big fella.

- Bet you can ride a two-Wheeler.

- Two-Wheeler? What's that?

A bicycle. Can't you

ride a bike yet?

I can fly a plane.

That's really something.

What was that fight all about? Didn't

that grease monkey know your old man?

I mean your father. Didn't he

know he was Roger Shumann?

He thinks I don't know

who my father is.

Roger or Jiggs.

- Well, who's Jiggs?

- One of us.

My father's a mechanic.

Who's that with Jack? I hope

it's not a truant officer.

No. They don't buy ice-cream cones.

Well, look at Jiggs.

What's with you? Gonna get

in the Mardi Gras parade?

- Can't a fella dress up?

- Sure he can.

For somebody he wants to impress.

- You like 'em, Laverne?

- Ooh. Brand-new.

You're a dream.

- Where'd you get 'em?

- Oh, I bought 'em downtown.

How much?

I saw 'em in a store window. I...

I couldn't walk away from 'em.

- Did you rent us a room?

We can sleep in the hangar.

Have you got a nickel

left for a bus ride?

Yeah. I got $2.50 left.

Go get our money back.

I-I-I can't, Rog.

I already wrote my name

inside the boots. With ink.

Haven't you heard about the Depression?

Haven't we had enough of two-bit prizes?

- I wasn't thinking.

- You've got to think!

It's not like it was in

France, just us and the war.

- Gotta think of Laverne and Jack now.

- It's over with, Roger. Let's forget it.

I-I saw these boots and I had to have

'em. I wanted to dress up clean for once.

Look like I was a

hotshot pilot, like...

like I was Roger Shumann.

Jack. Who's your friend?

Burke Devlin. I'm with the

New Orleans Times-Picayune.

I'm Roger Shumann. This

is my wife Laverne.

Jiggs, my mechanic. Greatest

grease monkey around.

Without him, I wouldn't fly a kite.

Uh... I hope it was Ok for me

to buy Jack some ice cream.

Sure. Thanks.

How'd you meet up with the kid?

- Well, I...

Just bumped into one another.

Got to talking, walking around.

- Anything for a story, huh?

- Yeah, just about.

Say, is there an all-night

movie house here in town?

No, I don't think so.

But I could fix you up with a

place to bed down for the night.

We've slept in the best hotels

and in the worst hangars, so...

- don't go feeling sorry for us.

- I have no feeling.

Except for a story. Maybe

I'll get one out of you.

Make yourself at home.

Here's the key to my apartment.

- Hiya, Burke.

- Hello, Matt.

How'd you tear yourself

away from Laverne Shumann?

- Got yourself a good pilot?

- Yeah. Crackerjack.

This is Frank Burnham.

Burke Devlin.

Best newspaperman in town.

- Who's flying this one?

- White job's out. Engine's on the Fritz.

It's just as well, because I'm

gonna take all the prizes anyway.

That's exactly what he did

last week in Oklahoma City.

Pretty classy ships, huh?

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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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