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Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Music  |  22 February 1947 (USA)
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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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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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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: I'm writing a paper on ailments of the heart.
Nora Prentiss: A paper? I could write a book!
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Soundtracks

Who Cares What People Say?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung briefly by Ann Sheridan while Nora and Talbot dance
Also sung by Ann Sheridan at the Sea Gull Cafe
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Smith Shows his Stuff
7 November 2009 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

The rap on Kent Smith was that he was duller than dried cement. Probably that's why he was cast here as the emotionally repressed doctor. The doc is so colorless and unemotional in the early scenes, we see why wife Lucy (DeCamp) has withdrawn into her own bubble. Then too, his household appears to run on the proverbial dime, with only daughter Bunny (Hendrix) showing any real spark. Of course, all of this is necessary background to his eventual transformation once he meets sexpot Prentiss (Sheridan). From dutiful husband to reluctant philanderer to obsessed lover and finally to repentant criminal, Smith brings off the stages in low-key effective fashion, and I expect more than a few married spouses left the theater unsettled by what they had seen lurking under the doctor's calm exterior.

All in all, it's a grim little film, depicting a civilized man's descent into emotional darkness. I'm not sure why it's titled after Prentiss since the doctor is for all intents and purposes the main character. But Sheridan does get to show a lot of leg and mature appeal, although her character seems not very plausible once the doc becomes a burden. Someone called the movie a "woman's noir", and with its soap-operish overtones, the description seems to fit. Then too, noirish elements surface in those dark entrapment scenes, especially in the hotel room, (but why do they have separate rooms after they've run away together?). And especially noirish is heart patient Walter's existential lament amidst the big city-- if he dies, he wonders, who would know or care. The scene passes quickly, but is chillingly revealing.

The movie's underrated, probably because of Smith and the unrelentingly grim atmosphere. I just wish someone had scrubbed Alda's smarmy nightclub owner. He's totally unbelievable and compromises what could have been a memorably atmospheric very last shot. Nonetheless, it's an engrossing little morality tale, as long as you're not feeling too depressed.


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