Warning: There are SPOILERS ahead. I indicate where the truly big ones are.
One look at Jean Simmons in Otto Preminger's Angel Face (1952) and you can tell she is a woman longing for something. She plays the piano exquisitely (thanks to an haunting score by composer Dimitri Tiomkin) in a way that at first captures the attention of Beverly Hills EMT Robert Mitchum, then she slowly pulls him into her world. Mitchum is his usual laconic self here, but he's not dumb. He knows there is something mentally wrong with Simmons and in one scene even points out that he is aware of her murderous thoughts yet stays with her anyway. That's part of the magic of her character as she states later in the film "I know how to get things out of people." All the qualities of a first class Film Noir Femme Fatale.
|Jean Simmons makes her moves on easy target Robert Mitchum|
|Mitchum knows Simmons is bad news, but is still a sucker for a warm embrace and those haunting eyes|
|Simmons will do anything to get rid of barriers between her and the men she loves|
|Lawyer Leon Ames argues to keep Simmons and Mitchum out of the Gas Chamber|
|Jean Simmons turns her back on stepmother Barbara O'Neil|
|Jean Simmons and Robert Mitchum on trial for murder|
|Jean Simmons wraps herself in Robert Mitchum's jacket|