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  • Actors: Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Leon Ames, Sydney Greenstreet
  • Directors: Jack Gage
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008PU9EZE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,900 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Four times Oscar nominated Rosalind Russell and Sydney Greenstreet star in this gripping and sophisticated 1948 crime drama set in the glittering world of New York theatre. Comedy actress Valerie Stanton (Rosalind Russell) and her producer Gordon Dunning (Leon Ames) are the toast of Broadway, with a host of smash-hit shows behind them. They are also secret lovers. Now, Valerie wants to work with someone new and has met architect Michael Morrell (Leo Genn) and fallen head over heels in love with him. Gordon, however, is unwilling to let her go and threatens Valerie with scandal and ruin...The scene is set for a brutal murder. As New York police captain Danbury (Sydney Greenstreet) investigates, all the clues seem to point to Valerie`s co-star Marian (Claire Trevor), but in the world of the theatre, everything may be an elaborate act and an illusion... Digitally restored and remastered, this powerful and compelling crime classic is now available to own on UK DVD for the very first time.

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An actress (Rosalind Russell) unintentionally kills her producer and lover (Leon Ames) when he attacks her after she tells him she is leaving him for another man (Leo Genn). She gets away with the killing but her conscience begins to trouble her especially when another woman (Claire Trevor) is suspected of the murder. Though one can't exactly call it a murder mystery since we know who the murderess is from the very beginning, the film nonetheless keeps us in suspense as to whether or not she will break down and confess. Being a 1940s Hollywood film, we can be fairly sure of the outcome but the film is greatly aided by its backdrop, the world of the Broadway theater which gives the film a unique touch. Russell is suitably neurotic, Trevor does her usual spot on bruised woman number and Sydney Greenstreet is a delight as the police inspector investigating the case with a taste for fine food and good theater. Yet one can't help feel that it could have been better. But where does the blame go? Perhaps to director John Gage whose only film this is. With Martha Hyer, Lex Barker, Frank McHugh, Theresa Harris, Esther Howard and Dan Tobin.

The Odeon DVD is an adequate B&W transfer in the proper 1.37 aspect ratio.
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1948 The Velvet Touch DVD 96mins black & white, no subtitles.
Rosalind Russell's character accidentally kills her Broadway producer and causes her actress co-star's suicide. Will NYPC's Sydney Greenstreet work everything out?
They really don't make films like this any more. I enjoyed its gentle pace, lack of jeopardy and the great shots of theatres and show audiences.
This is a good quality DVD copy of the film.
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Good quality video. Interesting plot and cinematography.
Russell stars stiff but improves during plot. Greenstreet
and Trevor excellent. Entertainment thriller.
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The Velvet Touch is directed by Jack Gage and collectively written by Leo Rosten, Walter Reilly, William Mercer and Annabel Ross. It stars Rosalind Russell, Leo Genn, Claire Trevor, Sydney Greenstreet and Leon Ames. Music is by Leigh Harline and cinematography by Joseph Walker.

Ah, now then, is this a murder mystery in reverse? At the beginning we are shown the crime of murder, so we know the main character is guilty. The rest of the picture thrives on if Valerie Stanton (Russell) will either get caught by the law, own up, or become a victim of crime herself? The screenplay contains a flashback and that grand old devil of someone else being pegged for the murder. There's witticisms abound, with some wonderfully choice lines delivered with relish, while the cast turn in decent shows - Greenstreet doesn't show up till the 45 minute mark, but promptly waddles in and steals the film!

Set to the background of the theatre it's unsurprising to find this is something of a theatrical drama rather than a film noir of the era. It has found its way into a couple of film noir reference books, without really being film noir as such. Certainly the photography is appealing to noir fans, and there's a dark passage of play that definitely comes out of noirville, but really it's a marginal entry. But hey! It's still a very good film that's recommended. 7/10
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