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Ruby Gentry (1952)

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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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Ruby Gentry
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Boake Tackman
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Jim Gentry
Tom Tully ...
Jud Corey
Barney Phillips ...
Dr. Saul Manfred / Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)
James Anderson ...
Jewel Corey
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Letitia Gentry
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Tracy McAuliffe
Herbert Heyes ...
Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh ...
Ma Corey
Charles Cane ...
Cullen McAuliffe
Sam Flint ...
Neil Fallgren
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Clyde Pratt
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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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20 August 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir  »

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$525,000 (estimated)
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This movie was the inspiration for a young singer from Mississippi named Roberta Lee Streeter to adopt the stage name Bobbi Gentry. See more »

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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 »

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Jim Gentry: Don't let it shake you Doc, it's just anatomy.
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Ruby Gentry (1952) **
31 March 2005 | by (U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

Jennifer Jones plays a feisty tomboy with a sadistic streak who's in love with young masochistic Charlton Heston and will do anything to have him - or to reject and ruin him at varying times, it seems - in this slight and silly offering from director King Vidor. What Heston's character sees in this nut-job Ruby is any viewer's guess. Jones and Heston aren't bad, and Karl Malden is also a welcome asset to the cast in a supporting role. The ending is interesting amidst a well-photographed swamp background. But overall this is a dressed up and rather tacky melodrama that's much better directed than it probably had any right to be. ** out of ****


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