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



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Complete credited cast:
Ruby Corey aka Ruby Gentry
Boake Tackman
Jim Gentry
Jud Corey
Dr. Saul Manfred / Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)
Jewel Corey
Letitia Gentry
Tracy McAuliffe
Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh ...
Ma Corey
Charles Cane ...
Cullen McAuliffe
Neil Fallgren
Clyde Pratt


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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Release Date:

20 August 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir  »

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$525,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Early in the film, Ruby and Boake are driving on the beach in his car. There are noticeable mountains in the background. Since the film takes place on the coast of North Carolina, the landscape should be flat with the exception of sand dunes. See more »


Jim Gentry: This is going to be a mighty lively hunting party; with you all set to launch a campaign for Ruby and Boake Tackman just back from South America.
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"Ruby on My Mind"
4 November 2003 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

"Ruby Gentry" is Charlton Heston's only sexy movie. It helped to have Jennifer Jones in it. The movie is about a poor girl from the South marrying a rich man when her boyfriend marries a wealthy woman. It is a good short movie. Some of the scenes get carried away, but the movie is still fun to watch. Karl Malden plays the older husband, who in reality is only a few years older than Ms. Jones, however, it works.

The song "Ruby on my Mind" helps make the movie more sensual. This was the director's (King Vidor) second movie with Ms. Jones and he makes this movie move like he did with the long movie, "Duel in the Sun" (1946).

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