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Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Ex-GI Nick Blake gets involved in a scheme to fleece a rich young widow, but finds himself falling for her for real, much to the displeasure of his racketeer cohorts.

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Doc Ganson
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Bellboy, The Marwood Arms (as Dick Erdman)
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Railroad Conductor (scenes deleted)
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Ex-GI Nick Blake gets involved in a scheme to fleece a rich young widow, but finds himself falling for her for real, much to the displeasure of his racketeer cohorts. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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When Nick leaves the hospital at the beginning of the film, the patch on his uniform's left shoulder indicates he was a member of the U.S. Army's First Infantry Division, nicknamed "The Big Red One". Later in the film Nick mentions seeing destroyed churches in Italy. The 1st Inf. Division saw action in Sicily, as well as North Africa, the D-Day invasion at Omaha Beach, the Battle of the Bulge and through the heart of Germany, ending up in Czechoslovakia by the end of the war. See more »

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As Pop is proposing the con on the widow to Nick and Al, the same couple (a blonde and a man in a vertically striped robe) walks past the window along the beach from right to left twice. See more »

Quotes

Nick Blake: [First Lines]
[voice-over]
Nick Blake: This was the view from my window in the Army hospital on Governor's Island.
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Connections

Featured in Los Angeles Plays Itself (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

You Again
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Faye Emerson
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Perfectly Cast Gem of Film Noir
22 April 2002 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

"Nobody Lives Forever" has so many good qualities is it hard to know where to begin the list. The film's basic plot-line is not the most original, but the intelligent and witty script gives it plenty of excitement and interest. There is an effective and pleasing musical score by Adolf Deutsch (with Jerome Moross) and the film is beautifully, atmospherically shot as well.

Most impressive of all is the cast of "Nobody Lives Forever". There is not a single weak link in this one. Supporting players include the likes of Walter Brennan (world-weary and philosophical), George Tobias (an amiably amusing sidekick), George Coulouris (more than suitably menacing), Faye Emerson (a sassy ,would-be femme fatale), James Flavin and Grady Sutton, the latter in a memorable cameo as a short order cook

Geraldine Fitzgerald brings exactly the right mixture of innocence and sophistication to a newly rich recent widow. Her potential victimizer is brilliantly played by John Garfield. This is one of Garfield's most conflicted characters. The actor is convincing at every turn, capable of being both sympathetic and despicable.

"Nobody Lives Forever" really lives up to its existential title. It's a rare gem to be sought out by every aficionado of film noir.


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