Angel Baby

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Based on Jenny Angel, a novel by Elise Oaks Barber, Angel Baby is a gloves-off study of the faith-healing racket. The title character, played by Salome Jens, is a mute whose speech is ostensibly restored by Bible-thumper George Hamilton. Angel Baby is then exploited on the evangelical circuit by crooked promoter Burt Reynolds (in his feature film debut). She becomes disillusioned, but her faith is restored when she apparently heals a crippled child. Any opportunity to see stage actress Salome Jens in one of her rare movie roles is always to be treasured; in this instance, Ms. Jens is backed up by an equally stellar supporting cast, including Mercedes McCambridge, Joan Blondell, and Henry Jones.

Cast

Salome Jens
as Angel Baby
George Hamilton
as Paul Strand
Joan Blondell
as Mollie Hayes
Henry Jones
as Ben Hays
Burt Reynolds
as Hoke Adams
Roger Clark
as Sam Wilcox
Dudley Remus
as Otis Finch
Harry Swoger
as Big Cripple
Barbara Biggart
as Farm girl
Davy Biladeau
as Little Boy
R.L. Armstrong
as The Shanty Man
Eddie Firestone
as Blind Man
Ted Lehmann
as Willis Ferguson
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  • This chronicle of evangelism and healing powers in the South is best known today for featuring Burt Reynolds in his feature screen debut

    Mar 22, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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