Nobody Lives Forever

Nobody Lives Forever

Director: Jean Negulesco

Cast: Jean Negulesco, John Garfield, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Walter Brennan

     
 

In this film noir with romantic overtones, con man and cardsharp Nick Blake (John Garfield) returns home after serving in WWII to discover that a rival syndicate now controls New York's gambling rackets -- and that his girlfriend Toni (Faye Emerson) has run off with his money. Looking for a fresh start, Nick heads for California, where he becomes reacquaintedSee more details below

Overview

In this film noir with romantic overtones, con man and cardsharp Nick Blake (John Garfield) returns home after serving in WWII to discover that a rival syndicate now controls New York's gambling rackets -- and that his girlfriend Toni (Faye Emerson) has run off with his money. Looking for a fresh start, Nick heads for California, where he becomes reacquainted with Pop Grueber (Walter Brennan), who gave him his start in the underworld. Pop and his boss Doc Ganson (George Coulouris) tip Nick off to a scam they've brainstormed to separate young widow Gladys Halvorsen (Geraldine Fitzgerald) from her recently inherited fortune. Nick's job is to sweet talk Gladys out of her money and then make tracks, but he finds himself falling in love with her and wants out of the deal. Meanwhile, Toni comes back into the picture and tries to convince Doc that Nick is trying to cheat him, leading to a kidnapping. Incidentally, John Garfield won the leading role in Nobody Lives Forever after Humphrey Bogart turned it down.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Nobody Lives Forever is a minor film noir, not a great film but one that is definitely worth a viewing, especially for devotees of the genre and/or John Garfield fans. The biggest problem with Forever is its familiarity: W.R. Burnett has produced a very well crafted screenplay, the points of which all fit neatly together, but which doesn't offer a great deal in the way of surprises. Indeed, it's pretty easy to tell from moment to moment just what is going to happen next. This kind of predictability can come across pleasingly as inevitability, but Burnett hasn't managed that trick here, despite some stretches of salty dialogue and an interesting take on the difficulties of a serviceman adapting to civilian life. Despite its failings, Moment works, thanks to Jean Negulesco's stylish direction, Arthur Edeson's atmospheric and evocative cinematography and its cast. Negulesco clearly enjoys telling this story, making sure he captures odd moments of telling detail here and there, and Edeson's work adds emotional heft to key scenes. As the lead, Garfield is in his usual fine form, a tough guy who can't help but be done-in by the innate decency that lurks deep within him. Geraldine Fitzgerald is a beautiful match for him, a blend of naivete and sophistication that is utterly disarming. George Couloris and Walter Brennan go a bit over the top, but not damagingly so, and Faye Emerson is fine as the jilted girl friend.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/19/2012
UPC:
0883316587232
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
12,605

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Garfield Nick Blake
Geraldine Fitzgerald Gladys Halvorsen
Walter Brennan Pop Gruber
Faye Emerson Toni
George Coulouris Doc Ganson
George Tobias Al Doyle
Robert Shayne Chet King
Richard Gaines Charles Manning
James Flavin Shake Thomas
Ralph Peters Windy Mather
Alex Havier Telesfero
William Edmunds Priest
Ralph Dunn Ben
Grady Sutton Counterman
Rudy Friml Orchestra Leader
Allan Ray Art
Roger Neury Headwaiter
Jack Chefe Waiter
Harry Seymour Master of Ceremonies
Fred Kelsey Railroad Conductor
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Drunk
George Meader Evans
Albert van Antwerp Tough Waiter
Charles Sullivan Bartender-Waiter
Paul Power Hotel Clerk
Virginia Patton Switchboard Operator
Robert Arthur Bellhop
Marion Martin Blonde
Cyril Ring Blonde's Escort
Joel Friedkin Storekeeper
Lee Phelps Police Officer
John Conte Actor
Richard Erdman Bellboy
William Forrest Mr. Johnson

Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Buckner Producer
W.R. Burnett Screenwriter
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Rudi Fehr Editor
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
William McGann Special Effects
Jerome Moross Score Composer
Hugh Reticker Art Director
Casey Roberts Set Decoration/Design
Richard Van Enger Special Effects
William Van Enger Special Effects
Willard Van Enger Special Effects
Perc Westmore Makeup

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