Shortly after WWII, flashbacks tell the story of Marise, her husband Paul, and Jean, who was imprisoned with Paul in a German camp. While attempting to escape from the camp Paul is shot, ... See full summary »
1936. Julia Packett, a London chorus girl, is always in trouble financially, but she always seems to manage to land on her feet by using her feminine wiles to manipulate the men in her life... See full summary »
After their orphanage burns down, a group of children are being transported west by train to Manitoba. All of them are available for adoption and at a stop at Scourie, Ontario little Patsy ... See full summary »
In 1880 New Mexico, a young female doctor from Boston arrives in Santa Fe to establish her new medical practice. Dr. Julia Garth is set to live with her brother, U.S. Cavalry lieutenant David Garth. The town already has a male physician, Dr. Rourke O'Brien. His tomboy niece, Spurs O'Brien, has a teenage crush on the handsome Cavalry lieutenant David Garth. The first hospital of this community is managed by Catholic priest Father Gabriel Mendoza and a few nuns. However, these are times when female doctors are almost unheard of. Some people even consider it a shameful offense for a woman to intrude in a man's profession. The traditional view is that women's roles should only be limited to the minding of the household and the rearing of children. Therefore, Dr. Julia Garth's arrival in town and her medical practice ruffles many feathers, not the least some of the more conservative townsfolk's. Dr. Rourke O'Brien is no exception. He arrogantly dismisses Julia Garth's competency but he ...Written by
An early role for Lois Smith, who, as of May, 2019, is still a working character-actress. Her most memorable role is playing Jack Nicholson's sister in the counter-culture classic, Five Easy Pieces. And in this movie she's in love with Cameron Mitchell, who co-starred with Nicholson in another Western (like this one), Ride in the Whirlwind. See more »
In the opening sequence just after the wheel repair, the rear suitcase was tilted upward at the right side. In the next cut the suitcase is tilted upwards to the left. See more »
Dr. Rourke O'Brien:
The way you roll that off your tongue, it's a pleasure to hear. But what do you have in that steel trap you call a heart? I'll tell you what you've got. Envy, hate, and malice. You envy this woman for all those qualities you'd give your right arm to possess. Envying her, you hate her and hating her you'd like to destroy her. But you'll never do that, Mrs. Clegg. Not you and your kind, not ever, because women like Mrs. Garth are indestructible.
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First off it's Garson's last film. And secondly it features a very distinct difference in acting styles. Garson displays her grand style in use of language and presentation as if she were back on the stage. Andrews displays the man from "The Best Years of Our Lives" years on who opted to not so much act as be present. And then there's the new kid, Lois Smith. Her very contemporary (for 1955) Brandoesque inhabiting of "Spurs" puts all of this together in the strangest way imaginable. I think SHE was the "Strange Lady in Town" or at least this movie.
There is also the reality of how women Hollywood films seem to be retired once the aging process makes them too old for leading ladies. Garson isn't the best representative for this argument because her acting style was of another era. But she should have been able to continue on were she not so much a star. That comes through here loud and clear.
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