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Nora Prentiss (1947)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir | 22 February 1947 (USA)
A nightclub singer inspires a doctor to fake his own murder, leading to plenty of complications.

Director:

Vincent Sherman

Writers:

N. Richard Nash (screen play), Paul Webster (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ann Sheridan ... Nora Prentiss
Kent Smith ... Dr. Richard Talbot
Bruce Bennett ... Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda ... Phil Dinardo
Rosemary DeCamp ... Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely ... Walter Bailey
Robert Arthur ... Gregory Talbot
Wanda Hendrix ... Bonita Talbot
Helen Brown Helen Brown ... Miss Judson
Rory Mallinson ... Fleming
Harry Shannon ... Police Lieutenant
James Flavin ... District Attorney
Douglas Kennedy ... Doctor
Don McGuire ... Truck Driver
Clifton Young ... Policeman
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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 {J-26}

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Loving her once is once too often! See more »

Genres:

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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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

Police Lieutenant: I wish I knew what was in this note - or who burned it. Do you think he was being blackmailed?
Dr. Joel Merriam: [a bit taken aback] Blackmailed?
Police Lieutenant: Yes.
Dr. Joel Merriam: What would anybody have on him? He led such an exemplary life.
Police Lieutenant: That's the way a blackmailer works, doctor. He finds out something nobody else knows, and then sells it for a price.
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Featured in Okay for Sound (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

Who Cares What People Say?
Music by M.K. Jerome
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
Performed by Ann Sheridan
[Nora sings the song while she and Richard dance; she later sings the song at the Sea Gull Cafe]
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Obsession
8 June 2006 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

**SPOILERS** Straight laced at his practice as a big city, San Francisco, doctor and wonderful family man Richard Talbot, Kent Smith,has never done anything more serious in his life then being late at his doctors office. That was all to change when one evening going to his car he ran into singer Nora Prentiss, Ann Sheridan. Nora has a fainting spell falling on the street and bruising herself. Bringing Nora up to his office Richard after treating her starts to slowly fall madly in love with Nora. That leads to him throwing away his very successful practice his family, wife and two children, and later even his life, which in the movie he loses twice. Where in the end Richard faces the California gas chamber for first degree murder. The movie "Nora Prentiss" is about a mans obsession. That obsession leads him into such depths of depression and depravity that he destroys everything he held near and dear to himself in order to keep the woman, Nora Prentiss, that drove him into this madness and in the end loses her as well. Nora for her part is totally unaware of how far her lover was willing to go to keep her from disappearing out of his life. Spending money like crazy on Nora and using the excuse of working late at the office so that his wife Lucy, Rosemary DeCamp, won't suspect his almost nightly lateness from home Richard is still very reluctant to divorce his wife, on what possible grounds? Then like heaven sent a patient of his Walter Bailey, John Ridgely, who not only fits Richards hight and weight but is even Richard's age,43, pops into his office one night and collapses and dies from a heart attack! Going to call the police to pick up the body Richard get this bright idea to switch identities and thus bury his past, as Dr. Richard Talbot, and start a new life as whoever he chooses with who he feels is the love of his life Nora Prentiss. Nora who was leaving for New York for a job as a singer at the Sea Gull Cafe run by her very close friend and former employer Phil Dinardo,Robert Alda, runs into Richard who excitedly tells Nora that he's divorcing his wife and within weeks when his divorce papers go through they'll be able to get married. Rchard in fact disposed of Bailey's body with his wedding ring on him to make it look like he was the one who was killed. In New York living like a fugitive from the law Richard has Nora becomes a bit annoyed of his constant secrecy and avoidance of people. It soon gets to the point where she's forced to live with Richard in a hotel room and only having her job at Phil's nightclub as the only contact with the outside world. Richard, now calling himself Robert Tompson, for his part constantly keeps up with the news back home in San Francisco and learns that his "death" is being investigated by the police as a murder suspect with evidence found at his office; The cops found a letter of divorce that he partly burned that's interpreted as a blackmail note. Also at the accident scene the police found a can of gasoline with his fingerprints on it. Richard finally lose it when he finds Nora, who by then he already confessed what he did, in her dressing room with Phil! That has him go into a jealous rage and attacks the startled nightclub owner. This causes the police to chase Richard all through the streets of Manhattan ending up in a fiery accident in Central Park with his face badly burned. With Phil not pressing charges and Richard getting a face-over, plastic surgery, it now looks like he and Nora can finally get married and put his life as Doctor Richard Talbot behind him. It's then his being fingerprinted by the police for car theft and those fingerprints matched those back in San Franciso on the can of gasoline come up as a match! This made Richard the number one suspect in his own murder! how's that for ultimate justice. Now with nothing to look forward to with his wife and family as well as Nora out of his life forever Richard, or as he's known now as Robert Thompson, can only sit in his dark prison cell and count the days leading up to his scheduled execution. He can also see what a mess he made of his life by reaching for something that he should have known was well out of his reach Nora Prentiss.


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