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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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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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Amor de Salvação  »

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Trivia

Humphrey Bogart refused the role of Nick Blake. 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

Al Doyle: [Last Lines]
[to Windy and Ben the security guard as he hears police sirens approaching]
Al Doyle: You'll have plenty of time to dry out now.
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles
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Music by James Kendis, James Brockman and Nat Vincent
Played at the Plaza when Nick first looks up Pop
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The Genius of W.R. Burnett
4 March 2008 | by See all my reviews

Of all the Hollywood writers now associated with classic film noir --among them James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler & Dashell Hammett— the least known and perhaps least appreciated is W.R. Burnett who was responsible for the story and often the screenplay of a number of film crime classics, among them the films Scarface, Little Caesar, High Sierra and Asphalt Jungle. Burnett's dialog is as sharp and tough as the others, and he often displays a finer insight and even greater sympathy for the criminal mind than the others whose stories feature and sometimes romanticize the hard-boiled detective. This excellently directed and photographed film tells the story of a charming con-man, perfectly played by John Garfield, who falls for the widow he is trying to cheat. The petty crooks who people his world played by a superb cast of character actors (George Coulouris, Walter Brennan, George Tobias) are all clearly drawn and don't resemble the usual cliché gang members of other films. Burnett obviously knew this world better than his colleagues.


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