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directed by Vincent Sherman
USA 1947

 

Dr. Richard Talbot is bored with his hum drum life. His life has become routine. He shows up for work at the same time every day then heads home at six o'clock to a passionless wife and two kids. His life is forever changed when he treats a sexy night club singer after hours at his downtown office. First becoming friends, the couple quickly start an affair which eventually leads the previously up-tight Talbot to fake his own death and run off with the woman. Every move Talbot (played by Kent Smith who almost tops his performance is the noir/horror classic Cat People) makes following his decision to run off with Nora just gets him in more trouble. Ann Sheridan playing Nora isn't a femme fatale like you'd expect. Turns out she's the level headed one who tries to stop Talbot from acting like such a chump. Unfortunately, he doesn't listen to her and becomes a mess eventually attacking romantic rival Robert Alda in a drunken rage then leading cops on a high speed chase that ends badly.

Although Sheridan is the star, Smith steals the film. He transforms Dr. Talbot from a guy who always looks like his collars are too tight, to a paranoid drunk and then finally to a broken man who gives up on life.

Excerpt of review from Steve-O (Film Noir of the Week) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 21 February 1947 (New York, USA)

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Warner Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:51:16
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.76 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Theatrical Trailer (2:35)

DVD Release Date: July, 2009
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

Warner Archive disc of Ann Sheridan-Vincent Sherman film noir Nora Prentiss fares well like the disc of their next collaboration, The Unfaithful. The transfer is a progressive and restored showing some chroma bug.

There are still some scratches and other marks on the print (note a mark over Kent Smith's mouth in the fifth capture), but I didn't notice any cue marks. As usual for Warner Archive discs, we don't have any subtitles, but we do get a theatrical trailer.

 - Gregory Meshman

 



 

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