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Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 November 1946 (USA)
G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to... See full summary »

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Al Doyle
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Chet King
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Charles Manning
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Bellboy, The Marwood Arms (as Dick Erdman)
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Railroad Conductor (scenes deleted)
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G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to settle down in New York, his hometown, with his girlfriend Toni Blackburn and the small cache of money he amassed prior to the war: $50,000. When that plan does not pan out, he decides to head to Los Angeles with his con man friend Al Doyle and live it up until he decides on a more permanent course for his life. He is informed by Pop Gruber, an aging mentor doing solely penny-ante street cons now in L.A., of a potential big mark. Doc Ganson, a former con associate, found the mark, lonely widow Gladys Halvorsen worth $2 million, but does not have either the bankroll or the charms to carry out the con on Gladys himself. With Al running interference for him, Nick agrees both to bankroll and carry out the con, he negotiating two-thirds of the take for himself, leaving Doc and his two associates a ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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1 November 1946 (USA)  »

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Amor de Salvação  »

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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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In an early scene Doc agrees to a third share of the con. Later on however, he asks for his 30%. See more »

Quotes

Nick Blake: I don't wanna get rough with you unless I have to!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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You Again
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Faye Emerson
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An ex-soldier finds returning to his old life of swindling difficult
31 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Geraldine Fitzgerald gets the glamor treatment here as a young widow about to be bilked by ex-soldier John Garfield in this post-war film. Both stars give wonderful performances and are ably supported by a neat cast consisting of Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson, George Coulouris, George Tobias, and Richard Gaines. Garfield, an experienced con man, comes back from the war changed. Drawn into a scheme to con a rich widow, he finds himself falling for her instead.

The stars are lovely together, and the film has a rich atmosphere throughout, each setting clearly defining the moment. The nightclub scenes evoke the '40s postwar feeling, the California scenes are bright and sunny, and the scenes on the pier are spooky and dense with fog. A very good film.


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