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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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Robert Alda ...
Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner
Rosemary DeCamp ...
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
James Flavin ...
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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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

During the trial, the D.A. remarks to the jury that the defendant did not testify. Since a defendant in a criminal case has a constitutional right not to testify, a prosecutor cannot make any reference to the exercise of that right. The judge would have declared a mistrial even if the defense lawyer (as in the movie) did not move for one. See more »

Quotes

Nora Prentiss: [driver and cop looking at her legs] I've been examined already!
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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
Played on the piano at the cabin
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"I'm Willing to Die Remembering This"

Awfully frank thriller about a chance meeting between a doctor working late one night and a singer who gets a bad scrape in a minor accident hooking up into a extra-marital(for the doctor) relationship that heads South in a hurry. Kent Smith, the male lead from Cat People and Curse of the Cat People, plays Dr. Talbot rather nicely I thought. He portrays a man who has worked hard his whole life and sacrificed his "life" for his job and family. Ann Sheridan plays the genuinely nice singer who appeals to the doctor not only because of her beauty but her ability to see him for who and what he is. She does a phenomenal job in what really is a complex role. The rest of the cast is pretty decent. Bruce Bennett may come off miscast as a doctor, but Robert Alda as a night club owner and Rosemary DeCamp as Talbot's wife both excel. While not really a mystery - or a very ingenious one as we know what is going on early on, this picture really depicts what at once seems quite harmless and its transformation into something very harmful. Director Vincent Sherman is more than adequate behind the camera. Some might say this really isn't film noir - I can see some of their points - but this is noir all the way for me: the suggestive black and white cinematography, the voice-over narrator, the man being changed by the "dame," and the ending that is bittersweet. The biggest problem with Nora Prentiss is the title. Ann Sheridan was the box office grab - and this grabbed a lot of tickets - but she is not the star of the movie nor is her character the central character. Kent Smith is the star and a more appropriate title should have been selected. Hmmm...maybe, "The Cheating Surgeon" or "The Doomed Affair." Definitely needs more thought!


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