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Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 November 1946 (USA)
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Ex-GI Nick Blake gets involved in a scheme to fleece a rich, young widow, but finds himself falling for her, much to the displeasure of his racketeer cohorts.


Jean Negulesco


W.R. Burnett (original screenplay)





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)


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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I killed a man for this kiss so you better make it good !


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Did You Know?


The set for the house John Garfield rents in California is the same set, although partly rearranged, used for Christmas in Connecticut (1945) with Barbara Stanwyck & Dennis Morgan. See more »


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


Nick Blake: I guess his time was up. Nobody lives forever.
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Referenced in The Likes of Louise (1974) See more »


You Again
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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1 November 1946 (USA) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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