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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

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
Frank McHugh ...
Ernie Boyle
Walter Kingsford ...
Peter Gunther
Dan Tobin ...
Jeff Trent
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Paul Banton
Nydia Westman ...
Susan Crane
Theresa Harris ...
Nancy
Russell Hicks ...
Judge Brack / Actor in 'Hedda Gabler': Judge Brack
Irving Bacon ...
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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13 July 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Voz da Consciência  »

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

Quotes

Valerie Stanton: No choice?
Michael Morrell: I told you. With me you take everything on faith.
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Soundtracks

The Velvet Touch
by Mort Greene Leigh Harline
Sung behind credits by male chorus
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Rosalind and Her Golden Touch ***1/2
6 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As always, Rosalind Russell gives a superb performance in "The Velvet Touch." She gets a lot of great support from veteran pro Claire Trevor, who is on to her as well as Leo Genn and Leon Ames.

As Valerie Stanton, an ambitious actress who knows her craft quite well, Russell etched a memorable portrait of a woman bent on self-destruction. She knows that she can switch from comedy to drama and she will do anything to prove the point. Of course, killing Ames is by accident, but it happened and she did cover it up.

Genn loves her as tragically reveals that he knows what she has done.

Sidney Greenstreet plays the police inspector with that Peter Falk-like Columbo attitude. He is polite but yet knows that something is amiss with Valerie.

Leave it to Roz Russell to play that ending scene while waiting in the wings is Greenstreet. He is ready to escort her to a new destination. Yet, he allows her to take her final bows. Bravo!


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