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Silvia Richards (screenplay)
Arthur Fitz-Richard (story)
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20 August 1953 (Sweden) See more »
So dangerous...destructive...deadly to love! See more »
A sexy but poor young girl marries a rich man she doesn't love, but carries a torch for another man. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Jennifer Jones ... Ruby Corey aka Ruby Gentry

Charlton Heston ... Boake Tackman

Karl Malden ... Jim Gentry

Tom Tully ... Jud Corey

Barney Phillips ... Dr. Saul Manfred/Narrator (as Bernard Phillips)

James Anderson ... Jewel Corey

Josephine Hutchinson ... Letitia Gentry

Phyllis Avery ... Tracy McAuliffe

Herbert Heyes ... Judge Tackman
Myra Marsh ... Ma Corey
Charles Cane ... Cullen McAuliffe

Sam Flint ... Neil Fallgren

Frank Wilcox ... Clyde Pratt
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Adams ... Joage--Golfer (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Engineer (uncredited)
George Fields ... Harmonica Player (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Cotton Warehouse Owner (uncredited)

Selmer Jackson ... Club Member at Bar (uncredited)
Dayton Lummis ... Ruby's Attorney (uncredited)

Herbert Lytton ... Shug Biffle (uncredited)
Bill Walker ... Bartender (uncredited)

Directed by
King Vidor 
Writing credits
Silvia Richards (screenplay)

Arthur Fitz-Richard (story)

Produced by
Joseph Bernhard .... producer
King Vidor .... producer
Original Music by
Heinz Roemheld 
Cinematography by
Russell Harlan (photographed by)
Art Direction by
Charles D. Hall  (as Dan Hall)
Set Decoration by
Edward G. Boyle  (as Ed Boyle)
Makeup Department
Del Armstrong .... makeup artist
Larry Germain .... hair styles creator: Jennifer Jones
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Milton Carter .... assistant director
Bert Spurlin .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jean L. Speak .... sound
John Speak .... sound (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bill Edwards .... wardrobe (as William Edwards)
Marie Hermann .... wardrobe
Valentina .... special gowns: Jennifer Jones
Sam Benson .... wardrobe supervisor (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Terry O. Morse .... supervising film editor (as Terry Morse)
Music Department
David Chudnow .... music supervisor
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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 »
Factual errors: The swamp background noise instead of being NC wildlife is jungle noises - Perhaps the same sound clip from Cape Fear with Gregory Peck. Both were to have taken place in the swamps of NC - yet both sounded like something out of Tarzan.See more »
[last lines]
Dr. Saul Manfred:Ruby Gentry was born on the wrong side of the tracks and the people of Braddock never let her forget it.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in La llamada (1965)See more »


When Tracy invites Dr. Manfred to her party in honor of Boake's return from South America the Dr. declines because he says he has an engagement. Why does Ruby look up at him with a stunned look on her face?
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7 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A tragic love story, 31 May 2002

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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