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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 »


Vincent Sherman


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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


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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Loving her once is once to 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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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 »


When Nora and Talbot are driving across the bridge, near the end of the scene, cars are suddenly passing them on the wrong side going the other direction, and a sign for Old Gold cigarettes in the background is reversed, revealing the rear projection screen images have been flipped. See more »


Nora Prentiss: [driver and cop looking at her legs] I've been examined already!
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Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »


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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Talk about a bad mid-life crisis!!
2 April 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Dr. Talbot (Kent Smith) is married and has a successful practice. However, his wife neglects him terribly and seems much more concerned about her children, dinner parties and the like. So, when the Doc has an emergency patient, Nora Prentiss (Ann Sheridan), he finds himself drawn to her as she's everything the wife isn't. Not surprisingly (since the film telegraphed this), he soon begins an affair with her and eventually his wife does notice that something is amiss. But by now it seems too late...he wants out of the marriage but is basically a coward and is afraid to ask. One night, a seeming golden opportunity arises when a patient walks into his office late one night...and then promptly dies. The dead man is roughly the Doc's age and size...and Doc Talbot decides to convince everyone he's died and then he can run off with Nora. After all, the dead man had no family and Talbot is desperately unhappy. But this is the 1940s...and folks in Hollywood films never seem to get away with anything. So what's next for this really screwed up man and his lovely sweetie-pie?

Kent Smith is very good as the doctor...so good it seems a shame that the movie is named after Sheridan's character. She is much less interesting and the film, despite the title, is clearly Smith's. He goes from a really nice, pitiful guy to a nasty and almost demented character....and this was very interesting and made it his film. I especially like how it all ends.....a truly memorable and unforgettable film! Sure, it's not exactly the most believable plot...but it is entertaining.

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