Written on the Wind (1956)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Biff Miley
Dan Willis
Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ...
Hoak Wayne
John Larch ...
Roy Carter
Joseph Granby ...
R.J. Courtney
Roy Glenn ...
Joanne Jordan ...


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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Escrito sobre el viento  »

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Title song is sung by The Four Aces. The song is featured very prominently, and the group is fully credited. See more »


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 »


Kyle Hadley: I'll kill him!
Marylee Hadley: A whiskey bottle's about all you'd kill.
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Referenced in The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) See more »


Written on the Wind
Music Victor Young
Lyrics Sammy Cahn
Sung by The Four Aces
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Macho soaper
28 October 2006 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Texas millionaire Robert Stack, into oil and the ladies, meets attractive executive secretary Lauren Bacall from New York--via best friend Rock Hudson, who already has eyes for her--and finds himself immediately proposing marriage; Hudson feels rightfully snubbed yet keeps up a brave front, but the Texan's rowdy sister (Dorothy Malone) gives the new lady a rude awakening to the lifestyles of the rich and ruthless. Overheated Douglas Sirk film mixes sweeping romance with hard-boiled melodrama and fisticuffs--obviously targeting both male and female audiences, though not quite disguising the standard soap opera trimmings. It's well-cast, well-upholstered, glossy and occasionally involving, but it seems a bit stale, like flat champagne. Malone has given much better performances than this, yet her goosey outrageousness was enough to win her the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress. The title song (sung by the Four Aces) is pretty, but its refrain sounds a bit like "When You Wish Upon A Star". Rock Hudson gives his usual strong-jawed performance, but didn't he get enough oil and misery from "Giant" this very same year? **1/2 from ****

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