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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 »

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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

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 »

Quotes

Nora Prentiss: [driver and cop looking at her legs] I've been examined already!
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Connections

Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Cares What People Say?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Sung briefly by Ann Sheridan while Nora and Talbot dance
Also sung by Ann Sheridan at the Sea Gull Cafe
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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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