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Ruby Gentry (1952)

A sexy but poor young girl marries a rich man she doesn't love, but carries a torch for another man.

Director:

King Vidor

Writers:

Silvia Richards (screenplay), Arthur Fitz-Richard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jennifer Jones ... Ruby Corey aka Ruby Gentry
Charlton Heston ... Boake Tackman
Karl Malden ... Jim Gentry
Tom Tully ... Jud Corey
Barney Phillips ... Dr. Saul Manfred / Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)
James Anderson ... Jewel Corey
Josephine Hutchinson ... Letitia Gentry
Phyllis Avery ... Tracy McAuliffe
Herbert Heyes ... Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh Myra Marsh ... Ma Corey
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Cullen McAuliffe
Sam Flint ... Neil Fallgren
Frank Wilcox ... Clyde Pratt
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Storyline

Despite their different social class Ruby and Boake grew up together in the 1950s North Carolina. Ruby Corey lived with her poor family in the swamps while Boake Tackman lived in a mansion with servants. As long as their friendship stayed within the socially acceptable limits no one objected. In adulthood their friendship becomes a mutual romantic attraction. Ruby wants to marry Boake but he only seems interested in romantic play without commitment. Maybe conscious of his social status or maybe being afraid to offend his snobbish family and conservative hometown folk, he marries a rich girl. Out of revenge Ruby marries Jim Gentry, a recently widowed rich old man to whom many townsfolk and local businesses owe money. When Gentry dies in an accident, the town blames Ruby. A now rich Ruby takes revenge on the town's folk by calling in their debts and loans. The girl from the swamps has become the town's biggest nightmare. Written by nufs68

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The story of Ruby Gentry, who wrecked a whole town -- man by man ...sin by sin See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 August 1953 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir See more »

Filming Locations:

Paso Robles, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$525,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,750,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This movie was the inspiration for a young singer from Mississippi named Roberta Lee Streeter to adopt the stage name Bobbie Gentry. See more »

Goofs

The swamp background noise instead of being NC wildlife is jungle noises - Perhaps the same sound clip from Cape Fear with Gregory Peck. Both were to have taken place in the swamps of NC - yet both sounded like something out of Tarzan. See more »

Quotes

Boake Tackman: You can buy a lot of things with Jim's money, Mrs Gentry, but you can't buy your way out of the swamp, and you can't buy me!
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A tragic love story
31 May 2002 | by marantosvassilisSee all my reviews

This is the story of Ruby Gentry, as it is told by the town's doctor. Ruby Gentry was born in the wrong side of the town, she never considered herself a lady, and so nobody else did so. When Boake Tackman returns from North America to his hometown, Ruby Gentry believes that their old passion will keep her dreams alive, and that she will finally win his heart. But Boake (Charlton Heston) betrays her love,and marries a wealthy towngirl. Now Ruby marries Jim Gentry, played excellent by Kard Malden, the richest person in the town, but after some months he dies and the whole town turns against her, believing that she has caused his death. Ruby tries to revenge above all, Boake, but with the help of her fanatic christian brother tragedy comes and Ruby looses everything that she wanted.

Jennifer Jones had a big success with this movie, after 5 box-office flops. Its is a well known story, directed very good by Charles Vidor, and supported excellent by Karl Malden. Charlton Heston show the kind of acting that will follow for the rest of his career,and comes out rather convincing.

A good film you would like to see again...(but not a masterpiece)


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