|The Dark Angel|
|Directed by||George Fitzmaurice|
|Written by||Frances Marion (screenplay)|
|Based on||The Dark Angel, a Play of Yesterday and To-day|
by H. B. Trevelyan
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Cinematography||George S. Barnes|
|Edited by||Stuart Heisler|
|Distributed by||First National Pictures|
|Language||Silent (English intertitles)|
The Dark Angel is a 1925 American silent drama film, based on the play The Dark Angel, a Play of Yesterday and To-day by H. B. Trevelyan, released by First National Pictures, and starring Ronald Colman, Vilma Bánky (in her first American film), and Wyndham Standing.
During the First World War, Captain Alan Trent, while on leave in England with his fiancée Kitty Vane, is suddenly recalled to the front before being able to get a marriage license. Alan and Kitty spend a night of love at a country inn "without benefit of clergy" and he sets off.
At the front things go badly for Alan, who is blinded and becomes a Prisoner of War after being captured by the Germans. He is reported dead, and his friend, Captain Gerald Shannon, discreetly woos Kitty, seeking to soothe her grief with his gentle love.
After the war, however, Gerald discovers that Alan is still alive, in a remote corner of England, writing children's stories for a living. Loyal to his former comrade in arms, Gerald informs Kitty of Alan's reappearance. She goes to him, and Alan conceals his blindness and tells Kitty that he no longer cares for her. She sees through his deception, however, and they are reunited.
The film has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 positive contemporary reviews.
Mordaunt Hall's October 12, 1925, review for The New York Times conveys what made this film a compelling success 7 years after the end of the First World War.
A print of The Dark Angel has been recently located in a film archive, so it is currently not considered a lost film.