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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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Kent Smith ...
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Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda ...
Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner
Rosemary DeCamp ...
Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely ...
Walter Bailey, Heart Patient
Robert Arthur ...
Gregory Talbot
Wanda Hendrix ...
Bonita 'Bunny' Talbot
Helen Brown ...
Miss Judson, Talbot's Nurse
Rory Mallinson ...
Fleming, Talbot's Lawyer
Harry Shannon ...
San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant
James Flavin ...
District Attorney
Douglas Kennedy ...
NYC Emergency Room doctor
Don McGuire ...
Truck Driver who Hits Nora
Clifton Young ...
Policeman arresting Truck Driver
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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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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 »

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Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson: I'm writing a paper on ailments of the heart.
Nora Prentiss: A paper? I could write a book!
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Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »

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Berceuse in D Flat Major, Op. 57
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
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Ann Sheridan is a nightclub singer who gets involved with a straitlaced, married doctor in "Nora Prentiss" - and the consequences are interesting indeed. The doctor is played by Kent Smith, well-remembered by yours truly as the husband of Simone Simon in "Cat People." Though he never reached big movie stardom, Smith enjoyed a 40+ year career in film, on radio, and TV. In this, he's regimented and by the book, partly helped by his equally disciplined wife, played by another favorite of mine, Rosemary DeCamp, a wonderful actress. One night, Prentiss ends up in his office with a mild injury, and from then on, the good doctor can't imagine life without her and what he's been missing. Conflicted about asking his wife for a divorce, one day, an opportunity drops into his office, and nothing is the same again.

This is an intriguing film, but it takes a little bit too long to get to the point. The ending by '40s standards took me by surprise. Though Sheridan is nothing like Kay Francis, they both are women associated with a certain era - you can't think of Francis without thinking of her in those flowing '30s gowns and outfits - and you can't think of Sheridan without tailored suits and shoulder pads. They went along well with her earthy quality and low speaking voice. The overall effect was of someone who had been around the block but still had her dignity and self-respect. Photographed by James Wong Howe in this film, she looks marvelous. Though IMDb doesn't state if she did her own singing in "Nora Prentiss," if she didn't, the voice matched her speaking voice perfectly and sounded great.

Kent Smith is very good as the pent-up, frustrated doctor. One criticism would be that most of the time, doctors look at bodies clinically and aren't usually embarrassed by the site of a woman's knee, as Smith is in one of the opening scenes. However, he's very effective, as are Robert Alda and the always reliable Bruce Bennett in smaller roles.

This film apparently did a lot for Sheridan's career, which is understandable. Very good movie.


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