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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Box Office


$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: Don't let it shake you Doc, it's just anatomy.
Dr. Saul Manfred: I never saw anything like it in dissection lab, though.
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Referenced in La llamada (1965) See more »

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2 July 2002 | by (LONDON, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

Jennifer Jones certainly did not get type cast in her screen roles.As a complete contrast to her normal saintly image (Duel in the Sun excepted) she plays Ruby Gentry,a Sth.Carolina girl from the wrong side of the tracks who gets emotionally involved with Boake Tackman (Chalton Heston) her sometime aristocratic boyfriend who is promised (more as a property contract) to Tracy who comes from another good Sth.Carolina family.Ruby has a religous zealot brother who constantly harps on about "doom and gloom" if his sister carry's on her liaison with Boake.When Ruby realises she will not become Mrs Tackman she agrees to marry Jim Gentry -a working class local boy made good, played by Karl Malden, (funny how he always looks the same age in all his films no matter when they were filmed!).After a boating accident Jim dies and Ruby "cops the lot" arousing suspicion in the local town folk who knew Jim Gentry.There is nothing more scary than a woman scorned and when Boke rejects Ruby's last offer of money for marriage, she goes ballistic and purposely ruins his carefully cultivated fields he has reclaimed at great expense from nature but I will not divulge the ending.The poor old doctor does not press his suite enough but Ruby does not fancy him anyway. An interesting new role for JJ who certainly looks "the biz" in her tight fitting jeans!

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