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Flamingo Road (1949)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  6 May 1949 (USA)
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Carnival dancer Lane Bellamy finds herself stranded in a southern town ruled by corrupt political boss Titus Semple. Lane becomes romantically involved with sheriff Fielding Carlisle, a ... See full summary »

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Carnival dancer Lane Bellamy finds herself stranded in a southern town ruled by corrupt political boss Titus Semple. Lane becomes romantically involved with sheriff Fielding Carlisle, a weakling whose career is being driven by Titus. Seeing Lane as a liability to his own political ambitions, Titus mounts a campaign to get her driven out of town. She finds she can't get a job and even gets arrested on a trumped-up morals charge. Released from jail, Lane finds work as a "hostess" at Lutie-Mae's road house, where she meets Dan Reynolds, another member of the town's political machine. They marry and move to a home on Flamingo Road, the town's social pinnacle. Their marriage is soon marked by scandal when a drunken Carlisle visits Lane at home one evening and shoots himself. Written by Daniel Bubbeo <dbubbeo@cmp.com>

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A wrong girl for the right side of the tracks.

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Drama | Romance

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6 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Boulevard des passions  »

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$1,528,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Remade as a television series in 1980. See more »

Goofs

Sheriff Titus Semple tells Fielding Carlisle to "get over to that girl's house and ask her to marry 'her'", instead of "marry you". See more »

Quotes

Dan Reynolds: [about Sheriff Titus Semple] Left alone, he'd steal the gold off the capital dome.
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The opening credits are presented on a book as someone turns the pages. See more »

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Soundtracks

If I Could Be with You
(uncredited)
Music by James P. Johnson
Lyrics by Henry Creamer
Sung by Joan Crawford in the tent and at Lute Mae's Tavern
Also performed by an unidentified singer at the Rendezvous Room
Played often in the score
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The Road to Ruin is paved with good actors
10 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Over the top melodrama that works, under the steady direction of Curtiz. Crawford is an ex-carnie, and Greenstreet is the corrupt sherrif of a small town she's chosen as her haven. He gets her boyfriend to desert her for a more respectable marriage so he can make him a senator, and after she marries a political player he's associated with, he makes life hard on both of them with a combination of blackmail muscle and frame-up push. Greenstreet is wonderfully grotesque, and all the other leads also hold up well. Nice photography in stark toned B & W.


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