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The Velvet Touch (1948)

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's ... See full summary »

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Jack Gage (as John Gage)

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Leo Rosten (screen play), Walter Reilly (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rosalind Russell ... Valerie Stanton / Actress in 'Hedda Gabler': Hedda Gabler
Leo Genn ... Michael Morrell
Claire Trevor ... Marian Webster
Sydney Greenstreet ... Captain Danbury
Leon Ames ... Gordon Dunning
Frank McHugh ... Ernie Boyle
Walter Kingsford ... Peter Gunther
Dan Tobin ... Jeff Trent
Lex Barker ... Paul Banton
Nydia Westman ... Susan Crane
Theresa Harris ... Nancy
Russell Hicks ... Judge Brack / Actor in 'Hedda Gabler': Judge Brack
Irving Bacon ... Albert
Esther Howard ... Pansy Dupont
Harry Hayden ... Mr. Crouch
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Storyline

Broadway star Valerie Stanton, breaking up with her producer-lover Gordon Dunning, unintentionally kills him. In flashback, she recalls meeting new flame Michael Morrell, and Dunning's machinations leading to the fatal argument. The next day, it appears that Valerie's former rival Marian Webster is the prime suspect. Or is suave police Captain Danbury just playing cat and mouse with her? Nicely catty dialogue. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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"You can get away with anything if you've got it...Anything"


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18 | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De fluwelen handschoen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The black coat Valerie wears to visit Marian, with its hood trimmed in white, was virtually copied for Kim Basinger in "L.A. Confidential" See more »

Goofs

When the play Hedda Gabler is performed on stage, it ends without its famous last line: "People don't do such things." See more »

Quotes

Valerie Stanton: No! No she didn't! Marian didn't kill herself!
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Soundtracks

The Velvet Touch
Written by Mort Greene & Leigh Harline
[Title song sung by male chorus during opening title and credits]
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Great cast, seldom shown suspense-drama
14 June 2007 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

Sydney Greenstreet and his loud, frequent guffaw (6 years after Maltese Falcon and Casablanca) plays Captain Danbury trying to track down a murderer, with a few twists and turns. Viewers will recognize Gordon Dunning, played by Leon Ames, who often had roles of authority, -- the sheriff, the DA, the commissioner, the captain on a ship. Rosalind Russell (10 years after playing Sylvia Fowler in "The Women") plays Valerie Stanton, a stage actress ( although Agnes Moorhead would also have been PERFECT for this role). Leo Genn, Claire Trevor (Key Largo, The High & Mighty), Frank McHugh, and Walter Kingsford also play very believable characters. Note also Theresa Harris, the dresser, who was also in "The Women" with RR. Good solid story from 1948, no obvious plot-holes.


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