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Nora Prentiss(1947)

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  • Vincent Sherman Scores Again!

    • Raymond Banacki
    • 6/5/15

    "Nora Prentiss" is a terrific film noir that has all the intensity of a demented soap-opera. The film kept me on the edge of my seat and was way ahead of me all the time. The stars and the supporting cast do a great deal to make it believable and real.

  • Film Bore

    • Frank Cantone
    • 6/5/15

    Are they serious??? This is one of the worst movies I've seen on TCM. The host introduced this turkey like it's the greatest strip of celluloid since the invention of the movie camera. He describes Ann Sheridan's Nora Prentiss as a femme fatale, but she's more goody two shoes than Shirley Temple. I can understand Nora being attracted to Dr Talbot at first, since he seems like a decent fellow, but he's also a complete dullard who becomes even more so as the movie progresses. As mentioned by another reviewer, he ruins his own life, but not only that, he nearly drags her down with him. And what's with him all of a sudden becoming a grouch? Hey doc, just ask your wife for a divorce and get on with the new relationship. The "plot" became more ridiculous as it tried to go from soap opera to "murder" mystery. And the finale was a joke. What, they didn't check dental records of burn victims back then??? Yeah I recognized Doc Talbot's wedding ring so that's definitely him! Ugh.Sorry but Ann Sheridan didn't do much for me. Cute and peppy but not much else. Maybe if she was the main character struggling to find a nice guy which by the way she already did with DiNardo it might have had some interest. Instead we must endure Kent Smith's zombie-like "performance." His delivery of the final speech was so annoying I felt like shouting, go ahead and execute him and put him out of my misery. The only points of interest were that Smith bore an uncanny likeness to Laurence Olivier, and watching a young and more charismatic Robert Alda. Other than that I have nothing positive to say about this mess. Go and read one of Stuart Kaminksy's excellent Toby Peters mysteries instead of watching this thing. Good noir with a touch of offbeat humor.

  • So-so film noir!

    • RedRain
    • 3/6/13

    The synopsis here is way too melodramatic! Ann Sheridan's character does not ruin the doctor's life and she is actually innocent in all of this. The doctor himself ruins his life by trying to live a lie because he doesn't have big enough stones to divorce his cold and uncaring wife! He doesn't even have the gumption to tell the truth about what happened when he is being tried for a murder he didn't commit! I found his character spineless and I kept waiting for him to man up! Sheridan is the long-suffering lover who doesn't understand what the doctor's problem is until virtually the end of the film. It was an okay film to view on a rainy afternoon but certainly not stellar.

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    • Jarrod McDonald
    • 2/18/11

    The director and actress would reteam for THE UNFAITHFUL. These are nifty little films that show Ann Sheridan more as a melodramatic actress, instead of a saucy, wisecracking dame. This particular film is bolstered by the presence of costars Kent Smith, Robert Alda and Rosemary de Camp.

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