The Velvet Touch
|The Velvet Touch|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jack Gage|
|Produced by||Frederick Brisson|
|Screenplay by||Leo Rosten
|Story by||Annabel Ross|
|Music by||Leigh Harline|
|Edited by||Roland Gross
|Distributed by||RKO Pictures|
|Running time||100 minutes|
Broadway leading lady Valerie Stanton (Russell), accidentally kills her producer and former lover, Gordon Dunning (Ames), during an argument about the direction her career should take. He expects her to sign for his next production, a typical frothy comedy for which he is known, while she wants to star in a revival of Hedda Gabler in order to prove her versatility as an actress.
Other characters involved in the plot are Valerie's new beau Michael Morrell (Genn), supporting actress Marian Webster (Trevor), who is accused of committing Valerie's crime, and police Capt. Danbury (Greenstreet), who may know more than he is willing to disclose.
- Rosalind Russell as Valerie Stanton
- Leo Genn as Michael Morrell
- Claire Trevor as Marian Webster
- 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
- Theresa Harris as Nancy
- Russell Hicks as Actor "Judge Brack"
- Irving Bacon as Herbie
- Esther Howard as Pansy Dupont
- Harry Hayden as Mr. Couch
Film critrc Bosley Crowther thought the plot and its conclusion was too obvious. He wrote, "Since the murder is prefatory business in this new film which came to the Rivoli yesterday, we are telling no more than you'll witness two minutes after the picture begins. The rest is a long and tortuous survey of Miss Russell's efforts to elude discovery as the rather obvious murderess and get on with her promising career ... This foregone conclusion of the story is only one of the film's weaknesses. The muddiness of the character played by Miss Russell is another one. The role was so randomly written by Leo Rosten that one finds it hard to see any solid personality or consistency in the dame."
Film critic Dennis Schwartz praised the production and called the film "A sparkling crime melodrama richly steeped in theatrical atmosphere." In addition he wrote, "In this solid production, the tension is kept up until the final curtain call as to whether Russell will confess, get caught, or get away with the crime of passion."