Angel Baby (1961)

Directed by Paul Wendko, “Angel Baby” is a spiritual melodrama, starring Salome Jen in the title role as a woman who believes she has been chosen by God to heal people.

In due course, she is exploited by a promoter and his shrewish, greedy wife (well played by Mercedes McCambridge), who travel the rural South.

The tale centers on her relationship with two men: Burt Reynold, in his feature debut, plays Hoke Adams, a brutal youngster who assaults her, and George Hamilton, as a sensitive boy who falls for her

Released on May 14, 1961, this expose of evangelism, shot in black-and-white, has some powerful moments.

The secondary cast includes Joan Blondell and Henry Jones.

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