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Silvia Richards (screenplay)
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Release Date:
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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Snobbery, hypocrisy, and small-minded people See more (30 total) »


  (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)

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According to Charlton Heston, Jennifer Jones broke two bones in her hand hitting him in a fight scene. As a result, Jones had to wear several bracelets covering up a cast.See more »
Errors in geography: 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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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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23 out of 29 people found the following review useful.
Snobbery, hypocrisy, and small-minded people, 26 January 2007
Author: beyondtheforest from United States

It's no big surprise that RUBY GENTRY receives such mixed reviews, because the theme of the film will not appeal to small-town America. Ruby is a girl from the wrong side of the tracks, as the narrator at the beginning of the film states. What this is code for in classic Hollywood is not necessarily straight translation. In other words, we are in the realm of a lost art form: the romantic film, or the melodrama. King Vidor was a master of this craft.

Ruby, then, was different. She was a free spirit, an unconventional thinker, and a seductive beauty. This is a lethal combination in the small, conservative town Ruby grows up in. She falls in love, of course, with the 'popular' boy, the rich kid, who the most well-bred society girls are after. Of course none of them have anything except their money against Ruby, and Boake (Charlton Heston) knows it! So there is an essential conflict between what Boake wants (Ruby) and what he is expected to have. He, unlike Ruby, is rather weak, and afraid. Deep down he loves her, but he lacks her spirit and wisdom. He won't go after someone looked down on by the town. He has to be 'respectable.' He cares what others think. Ruby does not, so she is willing to fight for him, but at the same time she does not want to be taken for granted. She wants her love to be fulfilled through marriage; he only wants her as a sex object.

I think it is important to note that Ruby Gentry is not necessarily a femme fatale, nor does she necessarily sin. She simply follows her heart. However, a series of accidents, including the death of her wealthy husband, occur, and Ruby is involved in scandal after scandal. The people always choose to believe the worst of her because she represents what they despise: an independent woman with beauty and natural intelligence, and class mobility.

RUBY GENTRY is a masterpiece. King vidor, my favorite director, is at the top of his form. Jennifer Jones, a talented and underrated actress, makes Ruby both sympathetic and believable. Charlton Heston is extremely effective as a complex character--one who on the surface seems shallow, but beneath the surface you can still feel his love for Ruby (which he struggles to hide, or deny).

Boake and his family feel they are above Ruby. Even Ruby's brother is judgmental and calls her a 'sinner,' based on assumptions. The final event in the film is a tragedy, but noteworthy because it was not the fault of Ruby or Boake, but a judgmental, hypocritical, and merciless society, imposing religious and social institutions which hinder us all.

The film is not dated. If anything, it proves melodrama is more effective than realism sometimes, where larger-than-life human emotions are concerned. People who call a movie like RUBY GENTRY 'trash' are actually in denial that the theme, and the emotions, are as vividly real and relevant now as ever. Anyone who thinks social class, sex appeal, and money do not count for everything in today's world, just as then, hasn't a clue. These are timeless themes, and the relationships in the film, and how they were negatively affected by the prejudice and snobbery around them, can be compared to any number of contemporary homosexual or interracial relationships, among others. How's that for relevance?

Sometimes the bigger emotions, the tragedies, are more appropriately told in melodramatic terms--because they are serious and heartbreaking and should not be reduced to cinematic language that conveys anything less!

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