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06-09-2019 12:38 PM
Thank you for recommending this movie! I had never seen "Nora Prentiss" and I loved it. I am not really that familiar with Ann Sheridan...wow, she IS a beauty..."lugubrious glamour" indeed, Oz. Her hair was Veronica Lake luscious and her outfits...fantastic! She smolders onscreen.
I also have never seen Rosemary De Camp as a young actress, although I'm familiar with her later work in film and on TV. She is so talented, and I have always loved her rather matronly voice and demeanor, even as a younger actress. She was perfect as the loyal wife in this movie. And a young Robert Alda too! Wow! What a great cast.
The biggest surprise, though, for me personally was the lead actor Kent Smith. This is the first time I've seen him in anything. What a great-looking, suave actor. The epitome of the 1940s "tall, dark and handsome" casting call. I must Google him, as I don't think he was ever a big star.
Thanks again to all for this heads-up. I'm from California so it was great to see all the old footage of San Francisco.
@GoinBacktoCali I was born in SF, and DH works in SF, so now I am more anxious to see this film.
06-09-2019 12:40 PM
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06-09-2019 12:46 PM
Hey, @GoinBacktoCali, I've always had a weakness for Kent Smith too! He's got this sweetly boyish, all-American quality that appeals. Another film you'll want to catch him in, is "Cat People", a macabre Forties' cult film adored by critics. Here a bemused Kent contemplates the statue owned by his beloved, a girl with a mysterious, Transylvania-esque pedigree, played by Simone Simon:
Much later in his career, he played a tycoon who becomes an ally and supporter of "architect, David Vincent" (Roy Thinnes) in the fabulous, Quinn Martin-produced Sixties' sci fy TV series, "The Invaders"....
06-09-2019 01:16 PM
@mousiegirl, "The Unfaithful" is my favorite Ann Sheridan movie! Plus it has the benefit of having adorable Zachary Scott as her hubbo...
@Shelbelle, so glad you mentioned that. Went on a search, and found an interview that a guy named John Kobal did with her from that period in the Sixties. It is a fab interview-- she must have liked him, and clearly he loved her, her authenticity and charm. She tells story after story about her Hollywood days. Wonderful read. Here's the link:
That was so interesting. I am glad you posted the link. Sad to read that she died at 51.
06-09-2019 01:51 PM
06-09-2019 01:57 PM
I honestly had never heard of Kent Smith!
But...When I googled and saw that he was largely forgotten these days, it made me sad. He was so well-educated and trained in classical theater.
It has always interested me why someone like a George Brent or a Robert Taylor became so well-known, while an actor like Kent Smith, who, as you said, has a boyish and delightful quality, falls just short of being a major star.
I must see Cat People -- it IS always mentioned as a crazy, cult picture and I DO love and adore kitties! Simone Simon, there's an interesting face, hmm?
I have never seen The Invaders either!
06-09-2019 05:06 PM
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