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The Velvet Touch (1948)

The Velvet Touch (1948)

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Based upon a story by William Mercer, The Velvet Touch stars Rosalind Russell as Valerie Stanton, a celebrated Broadway actress whose latest smash comedy is coming to the end of its successful run. The play's producer, Gordon Dunning, has produced all of Stanton's hits for the last decade, and takes credit for making her the star she is today. He is therefore upset when she informs him that she wishes to make a break with him by both marrying Michael Morrell, a renowned architect, and by taking a stab at one of the classic roles -- namely Hedda Gabler -- under the auspices of another producer. Dunning has no intention of letting her move forward with her plans, and he tells her that if she refuses to continue working with him in light, profitable comedies, he will reveal unflattering information about her to Morrell. Frightened that this will destroy her relationship, Stanton picks up a statue from Dunning's desk and delivers a fatal blow. Fortunately, because she is wearing her trademark long black gloves, there are no fingerprints, and Stanton creates a plausible alibi. Suspicion therefore shifts to Marian Webster, a rival of Stanton's who finds the body and was once romantically involved with Dunning. Stanton seems to have gotten away with murder -- but can she avoid making any mistakes as police captain Danbury proceeds with the investigation?

Cast

Rosalind Russell
as Valerie Stanton
Claire Trevor
as Marian Webster
Leo Genn
as Michael Morrell
Sydney Greenstreet
as Capt. Danbury
Leon Ames
as Gordon Dunning
Frank McHugh
as Ernie Boyle
Walter Kingsford
as Peter Gunther
Dan Tobin
as Jeff Trent
Lex Barker
as Paul Banton
Nydia Westman
as Susan Crane
Esther Howard
as Pansy Dupont
Harry Hayden
as Mr. Crouch
William Erwin
as Howard Forman
Martha Hyer
as Helen Adams
James Flavin
as Sgt. Oliphant
Charles McAvoy
as Mr. Soper
Dan Foster
as Eddie Brown
Bess Flowers
as Woman at Party
Jim Drum
as Reporter
Allan Ray
as Reporter
Bill Wallace
as Reporter
Russell Hicks
as Judge Brack
James Todd
as George Tesman
Joyce Arling
as Mrs. Elvested
Ida Schumaker
as Juliana Tesman
Phillip Barnes
as Ejlert Lovborg
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Critic Reviews for The Velvet Touch

All Critics (2)

(The)staging is more theatrical than cinematic, appropriate perhaps for a film so steeped in the culture of Broadway but less effective in building tension...

Full Review… | June 27, 2008
Turner Classic Movies Online

A sparkling crime melodrama richly steeped in theatrical atmosphere.

Full Review… | May 3, 2002
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Audience Reviews for The Velvet Touch

½

"(The)staging is more theatrical than cinematic, appropriate perhaps for a film so steeped in the culture of Broadway but less effective in building tension..."

Greg Wood
Greg Wood
½

Great performances from Rosalind Russell, Claire Trevor and Sydney Greenstreet and an enjoyable story make this one well worth seeking out. Neat twist ending!

jay nixon
jay nixon

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