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Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1947 (USA)
Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner
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Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely ...
Walter Bailey, Heart Patient
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Gregory Talbot
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Bonita 'Bunny' Talbot
Helen Brown ...
Miss Judson, Talbot's Nurse
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Fleming, Talbot's Lawyer
Harry Shannon ...
San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant
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District Attorney
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NYC Emergency Room doctor
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Truck Driver who Hits Nora
Clifton Young ...
Policeman arresting Truck Driver
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Storyline

Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient expires in his office, a third option seems to present itself. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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If You Were Nora Prentiss Would You Keep Your Mouth Shut? What's YOUR Answer? See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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22 February 1947 (USA)  »

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The Sentence  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sheilah Graham reported that Ann Sheridan had an infection in one ear during production, and during the final shots of the film, could only be photographed from one side. See more »

Goofs

When the surgeons are washing up for an operation, before gloves, the elder surgeon touches the door before going inside the surgery room. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson: [finishing her bandage] There, it doesn't look bad.
Nora Prentiss: The bandage or the leg?
Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson: Young lady, I...
Nora Prentiss: Can't you decide, doctor?
Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson: Well, I made the bandage. I didn't make the leg.
Nora Prentiss: [laughs]
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Connections

Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Deep in a Dream
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Played when Nora introduces Dinardo to Talbot
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The One and Only . . .
30 April 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

. . . Ann Sheridan, that is. And they didn't call her the "Oomph Girl" for nothing.

She's worldly (mostly underworld) straight- forward, knows the score, and completely direct. What's more, you believe and trust her . . . nothing underhanded here.

At one point she, as Nora Prentis says, "I may not have been handled with care, but I'm not shop-worn." That about sums her up.

There's no other quite like Sheridan, and she can make a wisecrack in a flash, partly for levity and partly to hold off wolves. Furthermore, it works pretty much all the time.

In "Nora Prentis" Sheridan's perfectly cast as a nightclub singer who walks into an affair with a married man. Kent Smith is fine as her suitor. Vincent Sherman's the competent director, and James Wong Howe's the fine photographer.

We're treated to Ann's beautiful contralto voice (in a lovely ballad, "Who Cares What People Say") and to the rest of Warner Bros. stock company, including Robert Alda.

"Nora Prentis' " characters work because they're endowed with both strong and weak qualities. No one's clearly victim or villain here, just quite ordinary people who get trapped in tragic circumstances.


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