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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is the true story of Evelyn Nesbit Shaw, a beautiful showgirl caught in a love triangle with elderly architect Stanford White and eccentric young millionaire Harry K. Thaw.

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Harry Kendall Thaw
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Delphin Delmas
Cornelia Otis Skinner ...
Mrs. Thaw
Glenda Farrell ...
Mrs. Nesbit
Frances Fuller ...
Mrs. Elizabeth White
Phillip Reed ...
Robert Collier (as Philip Reed)
Gale Robbins ...
Gwen Arden
James Lorimer ...
McCaleb
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William Travers Jerome
Robert F. Simon ...
Stage Manager (as Robert Simon)
Harvey Stephens ...
Dr. Hollingshead DDS
Emile Meyer ...
Hunchbacher
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The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing is the true story of Evelyn Nesbit Shaw, a beautiful showgirl caught in a love triangle with elderly architect Stanford White and eccentric young millionaire Harry K. Thaw.

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1 October 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Das Mädchen auf der Samtschaukel  »

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Trivia

Before being put on suspension, Marilyn Monroe was 20th Century-Fox's original choice for the role of Evelyn Nesbit. She turned this film and a forthcoming adaptation of the then-current Broadway musical 'The Girl in Pink Tights' (which was to co-star Dan Dailey and 'Mitzi Gaynor') and was put on suspension. Sheree North was then announced as her replacement for both films until Joan Collins was eventually cast as Nesbit. 'Girl in Pink Tights' was eventually abandoned. See more »

Goofs

In a scene in a restaurant near the beginning of the movie, architect Stanford White receives a copy of Collier's magazine with a drawing of Evelyn Nesbit on the cover, drawn by Charles Dana Gibson. The scene takes place in 1901, but the famous drawing was not created by Gibson until 1905. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Nesbit: I've seen more tears run down the pretty faces than the plain ones.
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Liebestraum nach dem Balle, Intermezzo Op.356
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Written by Alphons Czibulka
Close to the beginning of the movie, Mr. White and his wife are in a restaurant having dinner. He asks the band to play a song for her. They play "My Heart Still Clings To The Old First Love" -- by Paul Dresser . Then Mr. White's nemesis, Mr. Thaw comes in and makes a ruckus. The band stops playing and when they resume and then play "Liebestraum nach dem Balle, Intermezzo Op.356" by Alphons Czibulka
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Swing high ,sweet Evelyn Thaw;
7 July 2010 | by See all my reviews

Richard Fleischer remains one of the most underrated of the American directors.His influence is huge,particularly in Europa:Chabrol's last movie "La Fille Coupée En Deux" is a disguised remake of "girl on the red velvet swing" -and not nearly so good.His movies dealing with criminal affairs are all interesting and form,in spite of their differences ,a well-knit group:"Follow me quietly" "Compulsion" "Crack in the mirror" and his more accomplished works "Boston strangler" and " 10 Rillington PLace" ."The girl on the red velvet swing" ,in spite of its costume drama side,belongs to the genre too.We're told since the beginning it's a criminal affair.The title is a transparent metaphor:Evelyn is not only caught between two men;she is a proletarian ,close to French writer Colette's "Gigi" in the world of the wealthy and the mighty.One of her men doesn't want to divorce and to marry her ,not because she is young enough to be his daughter but because the world he lives in is not prepared to accept such a monstrous union.If she were a rich heiress ,the daughter of one his rich customers who have him built desirable mansions ,all would be forgiven .And if the girl marries a millionaire ,it's only because he is impotent ,under an over possessive mother's thumb :in an amazing scene the mother recognizes the facts.People who know Mankiewicz's "The barefoot Contessa" will notice the similarities between the two "rich" marriages .

Like Max Ophuls' "Lola Montès" ,when her family-in -law denies her,it only remains for her to make a spectacle of herself in a theater ,a place she should never have left.The two scenes in which the girl is on the swing are the most impressive ,with a dazzling camera:there's something disturbing in the first one,when the girl asks for the moon (true and figurative sense)..But "it's only a paper moon sailing over a cardboard sea...it's only a canvas sky..hanging over a muslin tree"


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