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Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 November 1946 (USA)
G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to... See full summary »

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writer:

W.R. Burnett (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Garfield ... Nick Blake
Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Gladys Halvorsen
Walter Brennan ... Pop Gruber
Faye Emerson ... Toni Blackburn
George Coulouris ... Doc Ganson
George Tobias ... Al Doyle
Robert Shayne ... Chet King
Richard Gaines ... Charles Manning
Richard Erdman ... Bellboy, The Marwood Arms (as Dick Erdman)
James Flavin ... Shake Thomas
Ralph Peters ... Windy Mather
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Kelsey ... Railroad Conductor (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

G.I. Nick Blake, a never charged con man in his pre-military life, has just received an honorable discharge from the army on medical reasons. Rather than return to his old life, he plans to settle down in New York, his hometown, with his girlfriend Toni Blackburn and the small cache of money he amassed prior to the war: $50,000. When that plan does not pan out, he decides to head to Los Angeles with his con man friend Al Doyle and live it up until he decides on a more permanent course for his life. He is informed by Pop Gruber, an aging mentor doing solely penny-ante street cons now in L.A., of a potential big mark. Doc Ganson, a former con associate, found the mark, lonely widow Gladys Halvorsen worth $2 million, but does not have either the bankroll or the charms to carry out the con on Gladys himself. With Al running interference for him, Nick agrees both to bankroll and carry out the con, he negotiating two-thirds of the take for himself, leaving Doc and his two associates a ... Written by Huggo

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amor de Salvação See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Cincinnati Sunday 9 September 1956 on WKRC (Channel 12), followed by Los Angeles Thursday 13 September 1956 on KNXT (Channel 2), by Albuquerque Sunday 16 September 1956 on KOAT (Channel 7), and by San Francisco Sunday 30 September 1956 on KPIX (Channel 5); it first aired in both Miami and Bloomington IN Saturday 24 November 1956 on WTVJ (Channel 4) and WTTV (Channel 4), and in Boston Sunday 2 December 1956 on WBZ (Channel 4). See more »

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In an early scene Doc agrees to a third share of the con. Later on however, he asks for his 30%. See more »

Quotes

Nick Blake: I don't wanna get rough with you unless I have to!
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Referenced in Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: John Garfield (1962) See more »

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You Again
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Faye Emerson
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Getting Rough with John Garfield
7 April 2010 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Home from service in World War II, roughly handsome hotshot gambler John Garfield (as Nick Blake) tries to reconnect with sexy blonde Faye Emerson (as Toni Blackburn), but learns she's used up his dough, and hooked up with another stud. Discouraged, he moves to Los Angeles, with fawning companion George Tobias (as Al Doyle). There, con artists Walter Brennan (as Pop Gruber) and George Coulouris (as Doc Ganson) persuade Mr. Garfield to bilk $2,000,000 out of wealthy widow Geraldine Fitzgerald (as Gladys Halvorsen). "She's a dish," says Tobias, and Garfield proceeds predictably...

Probably due to its release amid so many other great Garfield films, "Nobody Lives Forever" seems to have gotten lost in the shuffle. It labors somewhat, during the last act, as the production seeks to take full advantage of a moody setting. Still, this is an excellent "film noir" from the forties. A perfect lead, Garfield is magnetically smooth. He receives great assist from Jean Negulesco's stylishly hiccuping direction, Adolph Deutsch's sweet musical score, Arthur Edeson's black-and-white camera, and the usual suspects at Warner Bros. And, the players breathe some nuance into W.R. Burnett's fine script.

******* Nobody Lives Forever (11/1/46) Jean Negulesco ~ John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan, Faye Emerson


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