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Written on the Wind (1956)

 -  Drama | Romance  -  December 1956 (USA)
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Alcoholic playboy Kyle Hadley marries the woman secretly loved by his poor but hard-working best friend, who in turn is pursued by Kyle's nymphomaniac sister.

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Dan Willis
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Dr. Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ...
Hoak Wayne
John Larch ...
Roy Carter
Joseph Granby ...
R.J. Courtney
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Jack Williams--Reporter
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Storyline

On 24 October 1955, the hard-work geologist of the Hadley Oil Company Mitch Wayne meets the executive secretary Lucy Moore in the office of her boss Bill Ryan in New York and invites her to go to a conference with the alcoholic playboy and son of a tycoon Kyle Hadley. On the way of the meeting, he confesses that they had traveled from Houston to New York to satisfy the wish of the reckless Kyle, who is his best friend since their childhood, of eating a sandwich from club 21 and the meeting was just a pretext to Kyle's father Jasper Hadley. Mitch and Kyle immediately fall in love for Lucy, and Kyle unsuccessfully uses his money to impress Lucy; then he opens his heart and proposes Lucy. They get married and travel to Acapulco and the insecure Kyle stops drinking. Meanwhile, Kyle's sister Marylee is an easy woman and has a non-corresponded crush on Mitch that sees her as a sister. One year later, Kyle discovers that he has a problem and might be sterile and starts drinking again. The ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Mitch...the woman in his arms was now the wife of the man he called his best friend! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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December 1956 (USA)  »

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Written on the Wind  »

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Trivia

Douglas Sirk wanted it to be stated that Kyle Hadley was gay in the film. However this could not be mentioned directly due to the Hay's Code. Nevertheless it is still implied that Hadley is secretly in love with Mitch Wayne. See more »

Goofs

Lucy's lipstick color changes three times when she first meets Robert Stack, from orange-red in the office to coral in the taxi and pink-red in the airplane. See more »

Quotes

Marylee Hadley: But you don't have to take my word for anything. Just try keeping your head clear and your eyes open.
Kyle Hadley: Why should you care? You've never cared about me.
Marylee Hadley: ...Or your wife.
Kyle Hadley: Why are you putting your two cents in?
Marylee Hadley: Only because of Mitch. Because I've never had him. And your wife has.
[Kyle slaps her]
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Soundtracks

Written on the Wind
Music Victor Young
Lyrics Sammy Cahn
Sung by The Four Aces
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Fun, overheated soap opera
25 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Rich, alcoholic Robert Stack falls in love with secretary Lauren Bacall. He marries her and is so happy he stops drinking. However, Bacall is secretly loved by Stacks' best friend, Rock Hudson. And Stacks' nymphomaniac sister, Dorothy Malone, lusts after Rock. Throw in a few complications and the movie goes spinning out of control (in a good way).

Very glossy movie in beautiful Technicolor with jaw-dropping fashions and furnishings (check out Bacall's hotel room at the beginning). Everybody looks perfect and dresses in beautiful, form-fitting clothes. Basically this is a soap opera with grade A production values. The story itself is lots of fun and some of the dialogue at the beginning is hilariously over the top. The acting by Hudson, Stack and Bacall isn't that good, but seeing them so young and glamorous is great...especially Stack...when he smiled my knees went weak! Dorothy Malone, on the other hand, is fantastic--she deservedly won Best Supporting Actress for her role. She's sexy, violent, vicious and sympathetic...all convincingly.

Fun, glossy trash. Don't miss it!


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