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Title:   Nora Prentiss
Director:   Vincent Sherman
Year:   1947
Genre:   Noir
Times Seen:   1
Last Seen:   11.10.13

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Date Viewed Venue Note
11.10.13DVRThis Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2013
A very minor noir that I'd never heard of from the Warner archives (thanks again, TCM!). A straight-laced doctor guy meets vivacious Ann Sheridan and throws his life away in a series of bad decisions. I liked this ok, would've liked it more if it were a half hour shorter. There's a very nice turn halfway through but you immediately see where it's going and it takes like 45 minutes to get there. I feel like plenty of other movies cover the same territory much better, but at this point I don't think there are top-shelf noirs that I haven't seen so this is where I'm at. The nuance and some of the James Wong Howe San Francisco photography along with that nice story turn make this worth watching. There's a great shot of the Cliff House that would've been really spectacular except it's at night so literally all you see is two headlight spots and a neon sign reading "Cliff House." You kind of have to put the structure and coastline in using your imagination. It really reminded me where the term "film noir" came from.

So that's my Sunday matinee. Just a handful of films left in full potpourri fashion. I may take a few hours off to do real life stuff but will return when the sun goes down!
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