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The Velvet Touch (1948)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 13 July 1948 (USA)
A Broadway star unintentionally kills her impresario but keeps mum about it when the police investigator targets a rival actress.

Director:

Jack Gage (as John Gage)

Writers:

Leo Rosten (screen play), Walter Reilly (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Valerie Stanton / Actress in 'Hedda Gabler': Hedda Gabler
Leo Genn ... Michael Morrell
Claire Trevor ... Marian Webster
Sydney Greenstreet ... Captain Danbury
Leon Ames ... Gordon Dunning
Frank McHugh ... Ernie Boyle
Walter Kingsford ... Peter Gunther
Dan Tobin ... Jeff Trent
Lex Barker ... Paul Banton
Nydia Westman ... Susan Crane
Theresa Harris ... Nancy
Russell Hicks ... Judge Brack / Actor in 'Hedda Gabler': Judge Brack
Irving Bacon ... Albert
Esther Howard ... Pansy Dupont
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Crouch
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Storyline

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's machinations leading to the fatal argument. The next day, it appears that Valerie's former rival Marian Webster is the prime suspect. Or is suave police Captain Danbury just playing cat and mouse with her? Nicely catty dialogue. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

"You can get away with anything if you've got it...Anything"


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Voz da Consciência See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA

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Budget:

$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was produced by Frederick Brisson, Russell's real life husband. See more »

Goofs

When the play Hedda Gabler is performed on stage, it ends without its famous last line: "People don't do such things." See more »

Quotes

Marian Webster: Where did you get your luck, Valerie? Or does God pity the wicked?
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Soundtracks

The Velvet Touch
Written by Mort Greene & Leigh Harline
[Title song sung by male chorus during opening title and credits]
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Excellent Russell
11 October 2015 | by efischSee all my reviews

Rosalind Russell was one of Hollywood's most talented actresses and this movie puts her through all the emotions. She has witty lines, ala Auntie Mame and heart-wrenching scenes as when a cast member commits suicide. A very good and different script by Leo Rosten helps make for a plausible and entertaining film. All of the cast is great, including Claire Trevor who, if she hadn't won for "Key Largo" the same year, should have been nominated for her small but very effective part. But, it's Russell's film and she gives another great dramatic performance. Enjoy this highly underrated film. Like "Repeat Performance" from the same year, you won't forget this film.


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