Cinema: The New Pictures, Jun. 25, 1951

Half Angel (20th Century-Fox) tries to play schizophrenia for belly laughs and proves that psychiatry can be mangled as witlessly in a comedy as in melodrama. Its heroine (Loretta Young) is a primly correct girl whose subconscious, taking possession while she sleeps, turns her into a somnambulant femme fatale with a yen for a stuffy lawyer (Joseph Gotten).

The romance, which frosts over whenever Loretta's conscious mind is in control, is embellished with some embarrassingly precious dialogue. She calls Cotten a frog and wants to kiss his warts away; to him, she is...

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