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Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1947 (USA)
A nightclub singer inspires a doctor to fake his own murder, leading to plenty of complications.


Vincent Sherman


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Nora Prentiss
Kent Smith ... Dr. Richard Talbot
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda ... Phil Dinardo
Rosemary DeCamp ... Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely ... Walter Bailey
Robert Arthur ... Gregory Talbot
Wanda Hendrix ... Bonita Talbot
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Miss Judson
Rory Mallinson ... Fleming
Harry Shannon ... Police Lieutenant
James Flavin ... District Attorney
Douglas Kennedy ... Doctor
Don McGuire ... Truck Driver
Clifton Young ... Policeman


Quiet, organised Dr Talbot meets nightclub singer Nora Prentiss when she is slightly hurt in a street accident. Despite her misgivings they become heavily involved and Talbot finds he is faced with the choice of leaving Nora or divorcing his wife. When a patient expires in his office, a third option seems to present itself. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Loving her once is once too often! See more »


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Release Date:

22 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sentence See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Tucson Thursday 16 August 1956 on KDWI (Channel 9); it first aired in Boston Sunday 3 February 1957 on WBZ (Channel 4), in Portland OR Sunday 3 March 1957 on KLOR (Channel 12), in Salt Lake City Wednesday 3 April 1957 on KUTV (Channel 2), and in Bloomington IN Thursday 4 April 1957 on WTTV (Channel 4). See more »


In the first scene in the doctor's office after the accident, Nora says "I see you're married", but Dr. Talbot isn't wearing a wedding ring and at no point in the film does he wear one. See more »


Police Lieutenant: I wish I knew what was in this note - or who burned it. Do you think he was being blackmailed?
Dr. Joel Merriam: [a bit taken aback] Blackmailed?
Police Lieutenant: Yes.
Dr. Joel Merriam: What would anybody have on him? He led such an exemplary life.
Police Lieutenant: That's the way a blackmailer works, doctor. He finds out something nobody else knows, and then sells it for a price.
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Would You Like a Souvenir?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl and Eddie Cherkose
Performed by Ann Sheridan
[Nora sings the song during her act]
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Modern Day Version of Sister Carrie
26 April 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

I'm surprised that no one has picked up on the fact that Nora Prentiss is merely an updated version of Theodore Dreiser's classic Sister Carrie. Since Dreiser had died a couple of years before, he didn't pick up on it or Warner Brothers would have had a libel suit on its hands.

Sister Carrie was set in the turn of the last century and dealt with Victorian mores. Even in post World War II America, it seems that not much has changed. Respectable and proper Kent Smith is a forty something doctor, married with two children, in a respectable middle class rut. He's about to break loose for some big life crisis. The catalyst for that is Ann Sheridan in the title role. Sheridan is a sultry night club singer who gets hit by a cab and is treated in Kent Smith's nearby office.

Had the film been made at Columbia, Rita Hayworth would have been ideal for the lead. But Ann Sheridan does do a good job and even does her own singing. Hayworth would have made the film a classic.

The film does descend into melodrama though moving far afield from the social commentary that Theodore Dreiser had in mind. But Kent Smith's character's degradation is as complete as Dreiser's George Hurstwood.

I would recommend seeing this film and the film that Sir Laurence Olivier and Jennifer Jones did, Carrie, and comparing the two versions.

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