The Dark Angel
Film poster
Directed byGeorge Fitzmaurice
Written byFrances Marion (screenplay)
Based onThe Dark Angel, a Play of Yesterday and To-day
by H. B. Trevelyan
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringRonald Colman
Vilma Bánky
CinematographyGeorge S. Barnes
Edited byStuart Heisler
Distributed byFirst National Pictures
Release date
  • September 27, 1925 (1925-09-27)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (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.[1][2]


Ronald Colman and Vilma Bánky

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.

Vilma Bánky, 1925

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.[3]



The film has a 100% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 9 positive contemporary reviews.[4]

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.[5]

See also


  1. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Dark Angel at the
  2. ^ Broadway production of The Dark Angel which opened at the Longacre Theatre on February 10, 1925
  3. ^ Someone copied most of this Plot directly from the Synopsis on TCM's site or from AFI's page.
  4. ^ The Dark Angel, retrieved August 28, 2021
  5. ^ 7,200 Lost U.S. Silent Feature Films (1912-29) . Library of Congress. February 4, 2021 – via Wikisource.