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Nora Prentiss

Nora Prentiss is an overlong melodrama, a story of romance between a married man and a girl. But it's never quite believable. Ann Sheridan makes much of her role but the production has unsympathetic slant for leads and a lack of smoothness. Background is San Francisco and New York, with authentic footage of both sites a physical aide.

Cast:
Ann Sheridan Kent Smith Bruce Bennett Robert Alda Rosemary DeCamp John Ridgely

Nora Prentiss is an overlong melodrama, a story of romance between a married man and a girl. But it’s never quite believable. Ann Sheridan makes much of her role but the production has unsympathetic slant for leads and a lack of smoothness. Background is San Francisco and New York, with authentic footage of both sites a physical aide.

Yarn [by Paul Webster and Jack Sobell] concerns a stuffy, middle-aged doctor who falls in love with a nightclub singer. To follow his love to New York, the doctor fakes death, destroying the body of a patient who had died in his office and assuming latter’s identity. This fact traps him later when he’s arrested for killing himself. Plot is supposedly based on actual insurance case history, but script is full of holes that make for featherweight motivation.

Sheridan is the singer, and has two tunes to warble. As the doctor, Kent Smith is okay dramatically in a part that doesn’t hold much water. Bruce Bennett, co-starred, has little to do as a medico friend of Smith’s.

Nora Prentiss

Production: Warner. Director Vincent Sherman; Producer William Jacobs; Screenplay N. Richard Nash; Camera James Wong Howe; Editor Owen Marks; Music Franz Waxman; Art Director Anton Grot

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1947. Running time: 110 MIN.

With: Ann Sheridan Kent Smith Bruce Bennett Robert Alda Rosemary DeCamp John Ridgely

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