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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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(as John Gage)

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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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"You can get away with anything if you've got it...Anything"

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Drama | Thriller

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Unrated | See all certifications »

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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

The black coat Valerie wears to visit Marian, with its hood trimmed in white, was virtually copied for Kim Basinger in "L.A. Confidential" 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

Michael Morrell: Do you mind not calling me 'darling?' You toss affection around as though it were in mass production.
Valerie Stanton: And you prefer individual attention?
Michael Morrell: Yes
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Soundtracks

The Velvet Touch
Written by Mort Greene & Leigh Harline
[Title song sung by male chorus during opening title and credits]
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Entirely routine
22 October 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

At first, THE VELVET TOUCH seems like it will be a traditional noirish murder mystery, with a sinister slaying at a theatre followed by a detective investigation into the various suspects. But no, we learn the identity of the murder at the beginning and the film instead becomes a character drama as we learn what the effects of guilt and suspicion have on a person.

Unfortunately I found this film to be entirely routine and, it has to be said, dated. The acting is over the top, with exaggerated mannerisms from the likes of Rosalind Russell, although Claire Trevor (LADY OF DECEIT) is better in support. After the opening murder not much really happens and the script just isn't engaging or the characters authentic enough to care about. I'm slowly becoming a fan of films from this era but THE VELVET TOUCH is the one that's left me cold so far.


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