October 15, 2009
One of my all-time favorite film noirs is Nora Prentiss -- a movie about a clean cut doctor, a punctual family guy who gets tangled up with a sultry nightclub singer who is most certainly not his wife. One night Ann Sheridan (Nora Prentiss, of course) ends up in his office with a slightly beat up leg after getting blind-sided by a car. The first meeting is innocent enough, if you discount the good doctor's glazed-over look when Ann lifts up her skirt to reveal her hurt leg.
Naturally they meet up again... and again... and again... until Doc is missing his favorite daughter's birthday! Nice going, Dad! Little by little the weight of the affair is crushing him- he can't bear it anymore. He does something drastic. And this, my friends, is where the sad but harmless love affair story becomes a whole lot grittier. I won't give anything away, but it's really interesting!
I have to admit, regardless of how fond I am of the movie as a whole, I really just look forward to two brief moments. They last about 2 minutes or less each, but they are certainly the highlights of the film. Ann Sheridan.... she sings!