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The Velvet Touch (1948)

 -  Drama | Thriller  -  13 July 1948 (USA)
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Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Valerie Stanton / Actress in 'Hedda Gabler': Hedda Gabler
Michael Morrell
Marian Webster
Captain Danbury
Gordon Dunning
Frank McHugh ...
Ernie Boyle
Walter Kingsford ...
Peter Gunther
Dan Tobin ...
Jeff Trent
Paul Banton
Nydia Westman ...
Susan Crane
Theresa Harris ...
Russell Hicks ...
Judge Brack / Actor in 'Hedda Gabler': Judge Brack
Irving Bacon ...
Esther Howard ...
Pansy Dupont
Harry Hayden ...
Mr. Crouch


Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's machinations leading to the fatal argument. The next day, it appears that Valerie's former rival Marian Webster is the prime suspect. Or is suave police Captain Danbury just playing cat and mouse with her? Nicely catty dialogue. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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13 July 1948 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of the first films to mention the 'New Look' that Dior had altered all of fashion with the year before. As Valerie leaves the theater, an extra is heard to say,'She's got the New Look, it sure suits her.' See more »


In scenes set in Sardi's restaurant, many of framed caricatures on wall are full-figure sketches; in reality, all of Sardi's famous caricatures are face-only portraits. See more »


Valerie Stanton: No choice?
Michael Morrell: I told you. With me you take everything on faith.
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The Velvet Touch
by Mort Greene Leigh Harline
Sung behind credits by male chorus
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theater and mystery combined with '40s glamor
11 June 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Velvet Touch" is a wonderful film starring Rosalind Russell as a glamorous Broadway star, Valerie Stanton, who accidentally kills her boyfriend-producer.

The movie's dialogue is sophisticated and so is its New York theater atmosphere - the parties, the clothes, the rivalries, and the lush theater itself which looks like the real thing, but is an elaborate set. Russell's costars include Sydney Greenstreet, Claire Trevor, and Leon Ames. Greenstreet's portrayal of the clever police detective is excellent, and you can see where he would get on Russell's frayed nerves. Trevor, as a rival of Valerie's, gives a marvelous performance. There is a clever juxtaposition between the film's plot and the play in which Valerie Stanton is appearing, Hedda Gabler. I've always considered this movie an unsung gem.

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