The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.

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The success story of a dressmaker who comes to run a group of fashion shops at the expense of her love life.

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25 April 1956 (Portugal)  »

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Oil Town  »

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The original story, "The Life of Lucy Gallant" by Margaret Cousins, appeared in the May 1953 issue of Good Housekeeping. See more »

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Lucy Gallant: Always wear black with dark gray; not that color.
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Featured in The Colgate Comedy Hour: Episode #6.2 (1955) See more »

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How Can I Tell Her?
Written by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans
Performed by Four Freshmen (as The Four Freshmen)
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Fashion comes to Oil Town
8 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Have heard of this film for quite some time and finally got the chance to view it on tape (probably from AMC). I think the film captures the boomtown feel very well-instant population with lack of lodging or goods =business opportunities. While the film undoubtedly contains many truthful elements concerning the oil boom in Texas ( and even Governor Shivers playing himself ), it does seem just a bit stagy, although Jane Wyman's performance is actually quite good. I found it very intriguing that for the time period when the film was made, a woman was portrayed as virtually building her own business from the ground up without any real help from the man (or men) in her life. The real reason I had heard about the film previously is the "high fashion comes to Texas" bit, with Edith Head behind the creations. As usual, Edith does not disappoint. The designs, especially during the fashion show sequence, are amazing. It's no wonder that Edith Head was so sought after in Hollywood as a costumer for films (most notably for Alfred Hitchcock). She was a real talent. I am in total agreement that this film needs to be released on DVD, as I don't believe that it has ever even been on VHS at any point.


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