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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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Taglines:

The swamp hellion who wrecked a town - SIN by SIN! See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Details

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)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charlton Heston says in his biography that Jennifer Jones wore no make-up during the shooting of the picture. 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

[last lines]
Dr. Saul Manfred: Ruby Gentry was born on the wrong side of the tracks and the people of Braddock never let her forget it.
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Jennifer Jones
3 February 2007 | by iblindersSee all my reviews

I saw this when I was very young and it was quite risqué for 1952. Jennifer was beautiful and very seductive. The thought of a woman being shown on the screen engaged in seduction was far from the norm for my family. I went with my friend and was afraid to tell my Mother. I need to rent this and see if it still holds up after all this time. I'm sure Jennifer will as she was a wonderful actress. I love Charlton Heston because is a journeyman actor but he bugs me. He always seems to be the same person. Karl Malden is an actors actor and never gives a bad performance. The setting was typical of that time, poor girl seduces rich boy. The other one was rich girl falls for poor boy. Sure never happened in my life. What I remember most though was the music as It is so plaintive.. I have it downloaded and it is one of my favorites.


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