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The Velvet Touch

Released Jul 13, 1948 1h 37m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 68% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Actress Valerie Stanton (Rosalind Russell) is locked in a bitter feud with her producer and ex-boyfriend Gordon Dunning (Leon Ames). When he attempts to blackmail Stanton into remaining under contract with his company, Stanton, in a fit of passion, clubs Dunning with a statuette, killing him. Luckily for Stanton, her gloves have prevented her fingerprints from appearing on the weapon. But her perfect alibi quickly unravels as Capt. Danbury (Sydney Greenstreet) begins a police investigation. Read More Read Less

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Pat Padua Washington City Paper The presence of Sydney Greenstreet as an unflappable, indefatigable investigator connects this to such classic crime dramas as The Maltese Falcon. Oct 18, 2023 Full Review Sean Axmaker Turner Classic Movies Online (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... Jun 27, 2008 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews A sparkling crime melodrama richly steeped in theatrical atmosphere. Rated: B May 3, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Aaron F Roz Russell and Claire Trevor anchor the movie with their Performances. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 06/22/24 Full Review Ted B 3 stars; Although promoted as a murder movie, it was more of a movie about Broadway, and what goes on behind the scenes. The film had an all-star cast. But for me, the acting was a little too melodramatic. I guess I hadn't realized how many movies Ms. Russell made. She basically carried this picture. The plot's pace and structure was good, and the flashback sequences were easy to follow. I truly appreciated the moralistic ending. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 06/08/24 Full Review j f Made me think of Columbo, but with Sidney Greenstreet. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 06/06/24 Full Review Steve D The cast makes it fun. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/20/24 Full Review dave j Possess similar themes with the much superior 1950 film, "All About Eve" but is adapted from William Mercer, starring Rosalind Russell as Valerie Stanton an already successful theater actress but is heavily controlled by brand name producer, Gordon Dunning (Leon Ames). After she accidentally kills him as a result of butting heads since she has fallen in love with a guy named Michael, she would then go a conscience rant since the person who is accused of killing him is her co-starrer Marian Webster played by movie veteran actress Claire Trevor. Sydney Greenstreet as Capt. Danbury is assigned to the case. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review s r Not your usual murder film and it gives some insight into Broadway. A bit steep on the mellow drama, but all in all it was enjoyable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Actress Valerie Stanton (Rosalind Russell) is locked in a bitter feud with her producer and ex-boyfriend Gordon Dunning (Leon Ames). When he attempts to blackmail Stanton into remaining under contract with his company, Stanton, in a fit of passion, clubs Dunning with a statuette, killing him. Luckily for Stanton, her gloves have prevented her fingerprints from appearing on the weapon. But her perfect alibi quickly unravels as Capt. Danbury (Sydney Greenstreet) begins a police investigation.
Director
John Gage
Producer
Frederick Brisson
Screenwriter
Leo Rosten
Production Co
RKO Radio Pictures Inc.
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Jul 13, 1948, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Oct 6, 2016
Runtime
1h 37m