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Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1947 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

Paul Webster (story), Jack Sobell (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Nora Prentiss
Kent Smith ... Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda ... Phil Dinardo, Cafe Owner
Rosemary DeCamp ... Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely ... Walter Bailey, Heart Patient
Robert Arthur ... Gregory Talbot
Wanda Hendrix ... Bonita 'Bunny' Talbot
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Miss Judson, Talbot's Nurse
Rory Mallinson ... Fleming, Talbot's Lawyer
Harry Shannon ... San Francisco Homicide Lieutenant
James Flavin ... District Attorney
Douglas Kennedy ... NYC Emergency Room doctor
Don McGuire ... Truck Driver who Hits Nora
Clifton Young Clifton Young ... Policeman arresting Truck Driver
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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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If You Were Nora Prentiss Would You Keep Your Mouth Shut? What's YOUR Answer? See more »

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Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1947 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Sentence See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Sheilah Graham reported that Ann Sheridan had an infection in one ear during production, and during the final shots of the film, could only be photographed from one side. See more »

Goofs

During the trial, the D.A. remarks to the jury that the defendant did not testify. Since a defendant in a criminal case has a constitutional right not to testify, a prosecutor cannot make any reference to the exercise of that right. The judge would have declared a mistrial even if the defense lawyer (as in the movie) did not move for one. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Richard Talbot aka Robert Thompson: I'm writing a paper on ailments of the heart.
Nora Prentiss: A paper? I could write a book!
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Connections

Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Would You Like a Souvenir?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl and Eddie Cherkose
Sung by Ann Sheridan during Nora's act
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Not exactly film noir, but excellent thriller
28 March 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Though labeled a film noir drama, this film doesn't really qualify for that genre. For one thing, the femme fatale, Nora Prentiss, is not really a femme fatale. She is a thoughtful, caring woman, who truly loves the good Doctor Talbot and earnestly tries to do what is best for him. She is played to perfection by the wonderful actress Ann Sheridan. Though Talbot loves her too, it is a more selfish, possessive kind. The one who sincerely loves her is her manager, Phil Dinardo, played with knowing skill by Robert Alda, but Nora does not return his love. He is more of a helpful long-time friend who is always there for her, even if she usually does not reciprocate.

Unfortunately, two of the main parts are given rather perfunctory readings by two ho-hum actors of the period, Kent Smith as Dr. Talbot and Bruce Bennett as his partner, Dr. Merriam. Too bad more capable Thespians were not assigned those roles, especially the key one of Dr. Talbot. Rosemary DeCamp is excellent in her cold hearted portrayal of the good doctor's nondescript wife. The viewer wonders how Dr. Talbot has tolerated her for all those years.

The story is exceptional, very complex yet realistic. Most of us have had one little event, at the time seemingly insignificant, drastically alter our workaday lives, sometimes for the good, other times for the bad. In this film it is an accident that occurs right in front of Dr. Talbot. Being a physician, he rushes to the aid of a pretty young nightclub singer, has her taken to his office, and proceeds to treat her. From that time on, the entire fabric of his life is changed. What twists and turns until the denouement! Director Vincent Sherman permits no cop out at the end.

This is one of those pictures where everything counts, including the music and the photography, to accentuate the main theme. Listen to the music and to the lyrics of the songs Nora Prentiss sings, in particular "Who Cares What People Say?" Cinematographer James Wong Howe blends San Francisco photography and crisp black and white interior shots into the story settings to emphasize the mood and the importance of a particular scene. Note for example how what look to be bars on Nora Prentiss' sweater in the lodge sequence indicate the happiness the two lovers are enjoying may be short lived.

The title is not a good one. Automatically one thinks of "Nora Prentiss" as a chick flick. It is not. There is little melodrama and not much sentiment. It is brash and harsh most of the way.


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