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Nora Prentiss Details


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 [[Performer~P94995~James Wong Howe~jameswonghowe]] 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. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi


Ann Sheridan
as Nora Prentiss
Kent Smith
as Dr. Richard Talbot
Bruce Bennett
as Dr. Joel Merriam
Robert Alda
as Nick Dinardos
Rosemary de Camp
as Lucy Talbot
John Ridgely
as Walter Bailey
Wanda Hendrix
as Bonita Talbot
Rory Mallinson
as Fleming
Harry Shannon
as Police Lieutenant
James Flavin
as District Attorney
Douglas Kennedy
as Doctor
Don McGuire
as Truck Driver
Charles Jordan
as Clerk at Court
Bill Williams
Al Bridge
as Reporter
Ralph Dunn
as Detective
Roy Gordon
as Oberlin
Lee Phelps
as Doorman
Jack Mower
as Sheriff
Ramon Ros
as Reporter
John Newland
as Reporter
Creighton Hale
as Captain of Waiters
Matt McHugh
as Drunk
Eddy Chandler
as Detective
Wallace Scott
as Drunk
Ross Ford
as Chauffeur, Billie
Lotta Williams
as Agnes
Clancy Cooper
as Policeman
Philo McCullough
as Warden
Fred Kelsey
as Turnkey
John Compton
as Reporter


Vincent Sherman
Philip MacDonald
James Wong Howe
Franz Waxman
Composer (Music Score)
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jack Scholl
Owen Marks
Anton Grot
Art Director
Jack L. Warner
Executive Producer
William Travilla
Costume Designer
Edwin DuPar
Special Effects
Perc Westmore