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great film but one miscast
There is one glaring problem with this film, and it is the character played by Jenifer Fitzgerald. The screen writer should have spent a few minutes explaining how a rich, young and attractive wasn't already the target of some con artist before Garfield came along. The film itself manages to weave an interesting plot line, a wounded returning soldier from WWII, formerly a tough kid on the take, unwillingly at first tries to back to his old ways, but falls in love instead. This is Garfield tough guy surrounded by a cast of familar but great character actors. The films today are so numerous, you can hardly keep up with the actors reputations. The plot is reaonable and mixed with enough action to warrant a look by those born after the film was made (1946). Of course its & W and falls completely within the film noire category. It is no wonder why film critics call this era the "golden age " of film.
I don't get a chance to see old movies (films before the 60's) often enough. From the minute I turned on TCM, "Nobody Lives Forever" captured the attention of my husband and I. We watch film noir occasionally and this movie was worth the 100 minutes. The acting was decent enough, but the classic storyline and dialogue kept us watching. I'd highly recommend it for anyone who wants a nice escape from today's overly provocative and violent films.
garfield si, bogie no
- bruce montgomery
I love bogie but he has never been a don juan type with animal magnetism. Either Fitz or Emersongoing for Bogie would have ruined it for me. I'm still trying to get over teenage-like Audrey Hepburnhaving the hots for a haggard worn out obviously old Bogie in Sabrina. Ask any gal if she had a choice whichwould she choose between Bogie and Holden to run off with. I often wonder what audiences thought everytimesomeone like Bogie or Fred Astaire got the extremely young hot co-star. And that happened often. One of filmsmost outrageous couplings was Love in the Afternoon. Gary Cooper and Audrey Hepburn (again). The extreme age gap between the two was stark and stunning. Not only did she look like a 16 year old but her behavior was morejuvenile. And whenever Cooper is playing a much younger man than himself (pride of the yankees) Cooper does the zaniest things with his body language and suppressed giggles in order to convey or imote a youthful character. Another beauty was Susan Slept here where an aged Dick Powell hammers down with Debbie Reynolds and we're suppose to believe that a cute young thing would actually chase after the grandpa type ... again another juvenile going for gramps.I must write Robert Osbourne and ask him about all these old leading men getting these ripe, gorgeous things anddid fans ever question the pairings of old and young. These days some might say those pairings smacked of pedophilia (im kidding of course).
Crime, Romance, and Action
One of my favorite Garfield films, and one that does not stand out for the legendary but short lived career. The only blemish is the rather naive character who is Jennifer Fitzgerald's financial advisor. It was hard to believe Fitzgerald's fortune was not gone by the time she becomes the mark for the Con Men. Loved Walter Brennan as usual, playing an older man's role as usual. The change from criminal to honest, protective man in love showed Garfield's gift as an actor. The action in the end of the film was filled with believable almost comedic due to the inept partners of the really evil character who hates and is jealous of Garfield's character.
I've seen this film several times now and I really do enjoy it. It has all the elements of film noir, including the bad blonde played by Faye Emerson. It's also good to see a film where Garfield doesn't die in the end!
It is a gritty, good movie. Geraldine Fitzgerald is the best part of it. It is interesting to know that decades later she would portray Arthur's (Dudley Moore) grandmother with the same resolve and believability. She lends "support" in the truest sense of the word when it comes to acting. She was good in every movie in which she appeared.
Amazing movie, but incredibly under-rated
I love this movie, especially Geraldine Fitzgerald. She was under-rated as well, as an actress. I've never known why, but she's gorgeous, and a favorite actress of mine but it pains me that she wasn't in more movies in her younger days. Back to this film, it's amazing and like another has previously said, corny, the best kind though. I'm amazed that Bogart turned down the role that Garfield took on as Nick Blake. Two incredibly gorgeous women, and a role of a gangster? Needless to say I'm surprised. Should Bogart have taken the role, I'm sure this film would have been far more popular than it was. I'm upset that there's also no DVD, or even VHS for this film; I've looked all over the web, and all results come up empty. I'd love to have a DVD of this movie, and I'm definitely voting for it to be on home video.
Did Bogie really turn down the role of Nick Blake?
- Steve S.
The scene w/ Ms. Fitzgerald in a bathing suit puttin' on her shoes and then brushing those beautiful black diamond locks would have been enough for me to sign on.And, the naughty Faye Emerson too! Wow.Garfield did a fine enough, for me, job to forget about Bogie. (And I luv Bogie).A a very good supporting cast anchored by the always reliable Walter Brennan makes this for fine movie fare!
Good Garfield pic
corney but classic, garfield is very believable and does a great job, walter brennen is also very good, and the movie has a good message about life being short, and "one day you wake up and your old, so don't waste the time you are givin" i liked it very much