Nora Prentiss

Nora Prentiss

Director: Vincent Sherman Cast: Ann Sheridan, Kent Smith, Bruce Bennett

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Overview

Nora Prentiss

In this slick melodrama, a sort of film-noir for women, a nightclub singer has an affair with an unhappily married San Francisco doctor. Though the physician desperately wants to leave his wife, he lacks the courage to ask for a divorce. In retaliation, the singer accepts an offer to move East and start up a new club in New York. Lost without the singer, the doctor is without option until his partner suddenly dies. With a burst of inspiration, he fakes his own death and flees to New York. Later, he is horrified to learn that his death has been officially declared a homicide, and so he goes into hiding in the singer's apartment. To cope with his fear and the increasing success of his lover, the physician begins drinking heavily. This only makes him paranoid and more depressed and he begins to suspect his lover is having an affair. Upon confronting the "lover," a fight ensues, the doctor wins, and thinking he killed his rival, he takes off -- only to end up in a horrible traffic accident that leaves his face unrecognizable. Though plastic surgery gives him a new identity, it is at that time that he is arrested and sent back to California to stand trial for his own murder. Rather than burden his family with the shock that he is still alive, the doctor insists that his lover keep mum, and he stoically goes to trial where he is sentenced to Death Row. Beautifully photographed by James Wong Howe in typically expressionistic style, the film focuses on the desperation and entrapment of the characters and expresses a true bleak, fatalistic film-noir sensibility which makes this film unique in the genre.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/07/2009
UPC: 0883316174395
Original Release: 1947
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:51:00
Sales rank: 11,218

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ann Sheridan Nora Prentiss
Kent Smith Dr. Richard Talbot
Bruce Bennett Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda Nick Dinardos
Rosemary de Camp Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely Walter Bailey
Robert Arthur Gregory Talbot
Wanda Hendrix Bonita Talbot
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
Dean Cameron Rod the Piano Player
Eddie Hart Actor
Bill Williams Actor
Ramon Ros Reporter
Gertrude Carr Mrs. Dobie
John Newland Reporter
John Parker Compton Reporter
Jack Mower Sheriff
Philo McCullough Warden
Fred Kelsey Turnkey
Lotta Williams Agnes
Richard "Hock" Walsh Bystander
Tiny Jones Flower Woman
Georgia Caine Mrs. Sterritt
Roy Gordon Oberlin
John Ellis Doorman
Lee Phelps Doorman
Creighton Hale Captain of Waiters
Clancy Cooper Policeman
Al Bridge Reporter
Ross Ford Chauffeur, Billie
Adele St. Maur Nurse
Ralph Dunn Detective
Charles Marsh Bailiff
Matt McHugh Drunk
Wallace "Scotty" Scott Drunk
George Campeau Man
Charles Jordan Clerk at Court
Freddy Johnson Newspaper Man
Dave Fresco Newsboy
Eddy Chandler Detective
John Elliott Chaplain

Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director
Harry Barndollar Special Effects
Edward Cherkose Songwriter
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Anton Grot Art Director
James Wong Howe Cinematographer
William Jacobs Producer
M. K. Jerome Songwriter
Charles Lang Sound/Sound Designer
Philip MacDonald Screenwriter
Owen Marks Editor
N. Richard Nash Screenwriter
Jack Scholl Songwriter
Walter F. Tilford Set Decoration/Design
William Travilla Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack L. Warner Executive Producer
Owen Waxman Score Composer
Franz Waxman Score Composer
Perc Westmore Makeup

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