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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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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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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So dangerous...destructive...deadly to love! See more »

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Release Date:

20 August 1953 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

La furie du désir  »

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Budget:

$525,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

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

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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A tragic love story

This is the story of Ruby Gentry, as it is told by the town's doctor. Ruby Gentry was born in the wrong side of the town, she never considered herself a lady, and so nobody else did so. When Boake Tackman returns from North America to his hometown, Ruby Gentry believes that their old passion will keep her dreams alive, and that she will finally win his heart. But Boake (Charlton Heston) betrays her love,and marries a wealthy towngirl. Now Ruby marries Jim Gentry, played excellent by Kard Malden, the richest person in the town, but after some months he dies and the whole town turns against her, believing that she has caused his death. Ruby tries to revenge above all, Boake, but with the help of her fanatic christian brother tragedy comes and Ruby looses everything that she wanted.

Jennifer Jones had a big success with this movie, after 5 box-office flops. Its is a well known story, directed very good by Charles Vidor, and supported excellent by Karl Malden. Charlton Heston show the kind of acting that will follow for the rest of his career,and comes out rather convincing.

A good film you would like to see again...(but not a masterpiece)


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