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The Velvet Touch (1948)

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 ... See full summary »

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Jack Gage (as John Gage)

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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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"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 »

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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

In scenes set in Sardi's restaurant, many of the framed caricatures on the wall are full-figure sketches; in reality, all of Sardi's famous caricatures are face-only portraits. See more »

Quotes

Michael Morrell: Do you mind not calling me 'darling?' You toss affection around as though it were in mass production.
Valerie Stanton: And you prefer individual attention?
Michael Morrell: Yes
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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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theater and mystery combined with '40s glamor
11 June 2005 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

"The Velvet Touch" is a wonderful film starring Rosalind Russell as a glamorous Broadway star, Valerie Stanton, who accidentally kills her boyfriend-producer.

The movie's dialogue is sophisticated and so is its New York theater atmosphere - the parties, the clothes, the rivalries, and the lush theater itself which looks like the real thing, but is an elaborate set. Russell's costars include Sydney Greenstreet, Claire Trevor, and Leon Ames. Greenstreet's portrayal of the clever police detective is excellent, and you can see where he would get on Russell's frayed nerves. Trevor, as a rival of Valerie's, gives a marvelous performance. There is a clever juxtaposition between the film's plot and the play in which Valerie Stanton is appearing, Hedda Gabler. I've always considered this movie an unsung gem.


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