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The Velvet Touch (1948)

Unrated | | Drama, Thriller | 13 July 1948 (USA)
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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(screen play), (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

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

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Drama | Thriller

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13 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz da Consciência  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

"Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on August 23, 1951 with Rosalind Russell reprising her film role. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Jeff Trent: Now don't do anything until I've said you've done it.
Valerie Stanton: How could I?
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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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