Nobody Lives Forever (1946)

100 mins | Drama | 12 October 1946

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writer:

W. R. Burnett

Producer:

Robert Buckner

Cinematographer:

Arthur Edeson

Editor:

Rudi Fehr

Production Designer:

Hugh Reticker

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

A 6 Aug 1941 HR news item notes that Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the film, and a 25 Nov 1941 news item in LAEx states that W. R. Burnett wrote his novel with Bogart in mind. At that time, according to a 6 Aug 1941 NYT news item, Robert Lord was to direct the story, which concerned a "New York night club owner and his singer-wife who come to Hollywood to pursue their careers." Warner Bros. reportedly paid $20,000 for the rights to Burnett's story. According to a press release, Stuart Erwin and Ruth Donnelly were to play comedy roles in the film. Other HR news items add the following information about the production: Shots of Wilshire Blvd., the Ambassador Hotel, and Union Depot are seen in the film. Los Angeles Plaza was recreated on the back lot. According to a news item in MPH , the film was shown to the men of the 80th Blue Ridge Division in Kempten, Germany in early Sep 1945. Jane Wyman starred with Ronald Reagan in a 17 Nov 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the ... More Less

A 6 Aug 1941 HR news item notes that Humphrey Bogart and Ann Sheridan were to star in the film, and a 25 Nov 1941 news item in LAEx states that W. R. Burnett wrote his novel with Bogart in mind. At that time, according to a 6 Aug 1941 NYT news item, Robert Lord was to direct the story, which concerned a "New York night club owner and his singer-wife who come to Hollywood to pursue their careers." Warner Bros. reportedly paid $20,000 for the rights to Burnett's story. According to a press release, Stuart Erwin and Ruth Donnelly were to play comedy roles in the film. Other HR news items add the following information about the production: Shots of Wilshire Blvd., the Ambassador Hotel, and Union Depot are seen in the film. Los Angeles Plaza was recreated on the back lot. According to a news item in MPH , the film was shown to the men of the 80th Blue Ridge Division in Kempten, Germany in early Sep 1945. Jane Wyman starred with Ronald Reagan in a 17 Nov 1947 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
5 Oct 1946.
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Daily Variety
24 Sep 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
27 Sep 46
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Aug 41
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
25 Aug 44
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
1 Sep 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Sep 44
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
30 Sep 1944.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Nov 44
p. 17.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 46
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
4 Nov 46
p. 6.
Los Angeles Examiner
25 Nov 1941.
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Motion Picture Herald
15 Sep 1945.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Jan 45
p. 2278.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
2 Feb 46
p. 2830.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
28 Sep 46
p. 3221.
New York Times
6 Aug 1941.
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New York Times
2 Nov 46
p. 12.
Variety
25 Sep 46
p. 10.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
2d cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Supv art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Orch arr
SOUND
Re-rec and eff mixer
Re-rec and eff mixer
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff dir
Matte paintings
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Nobody Lives Forever by W. R. Burnett (New York, 1943).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"You Again," music and lyrics by M. K. Jerome and Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 October 1946
Production Date:
31 September--early November 1944
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 October 1946
Copyright Number:
LP626
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100
Country:
United States
PCA No:
10623
SYNOPSIS

On his release from the army hospital on Governor's Island in New York, former confidence man Nick Blake learns that his girl friend, Toni Blackburn, has opened a nightclub using money that he gave her for safe keeping while he was in the service. Together with his partner, Al Doyle, Nick visits the club, where Toni informs him that she lost his investment during the club's first year and then sold the club to Chet King. When Nick discovers that Toni is also romantically involved with King, he forces King to return his money with interest. Nick and Al then leave for Los Angeles, where they contact Pop Gruber, another confidence man. Although Nick insists that he does not want to work for a while, Pop learns that Doc Ganson has targeted a wealthy widow for a swindle and, with Al's help, persuades Nick to participate. Using the name Nick Lloyd, Nick checks into the same hotel where Gladys Halvorsen, the widow, is staying with her business manager, Charles Manning. To Nick's surprise, Gladys is beautiful and charming, and soon he is spending a great deal of time with her. He succeeds in interesting Manning in his fictitious salvage business, but stops short of actually taking Gladys' money. During a trip to the mission at San Juan Capistrano, Nick is reminded of the ruined churches that he saw in Italy during the war and starts to question his involvement in the swindle. His doubts are intensified by the fact that he has fallen in love with Gladys. When Doc and Nick's other partners demand that he close the deal ... +


On his release from the army hospital on Governor's Island in New York, former confidence man Nick Blake learns that his girl friend, Toni Blackburn, has opened a nightclub using money that he gave her for safe keeping while he was in the service. Together with his partner, Al Doyle, Nick visits the club, where Toni informs him that she lost his investment during the club's first year and then sold the club to Chet King. When Nick discovers that Toni is also romantically involved with King, he forces King to return his money with interest. Nick and Al then leave for Los Angeles, where they contact Pop Gruber, another confidence man. Although Nick insists that he does not want to work for a while, Pop learns that Doc Ganson has targeted a wealthy widow for a swindle and, with Al's help, persuades Nick to participate. Using the name Nick Lloyd, Nick checks into the same hotel where Gladys Halvorsen, the widow, is staying with her business manager, Charles Manning. To Nick's surprise, Gladys is beautiful and charming, and soon he is spending a great deal of time with her. He succeeds in interesting Manning in his fictitious salvage business, but stops short of actually taking Gladys' money. During a trip to the mission at San Juan Capistrano, Nick is reminded of the ruined churches that he saw in Italy during the war and starts to question his involvement in the swindle. His doubts are intensified by the fact that he has fallen in love with Gladys. When Doc and Nick's other partners demand that he close the deal and pay them their share, he decides to pay them off with his own money and leave town. In the meantime, Manning has grown suspicious and discovered Nick's real identity. At first Gladys refuses to believe the allegations, but when she confronts Nick, he admits the truth, adding that he really does love her. When Toni, who is now in Los Angeles, hears what Nick intends to do, she believes that he will marry Gladys for her money. She tells Doc her theory, and Doc demands that Nick pay him thirty percent of Gladys' entire two million dollar fortune rather than the thirty thousand he was promised for the swindle. When Nick refuses, Doc and his men kidnap Gladys. Pop, Al and Nick find the deserted pier where Doc is holding her, and Pop and Doc are killed in the ensuing shootout. The police arrive in time to arrest the rest of the gang, and Nick and Gladys are now free to pursue their romance. +

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