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George Zuckerman (screenplay)
Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)
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Release Date:
December 1956 (USA) See more »
This woman in his arms was now the wife of the man he called his best friend! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Rock Hudson ... Mitch Wayne

Lauren Bacall ... Lucy Moore Hadley

Robert Stack ... Kyle Hadley

Dorothy Malone ... Marylee Hadley

Robert Keith ... Jasper Hadley

Grant Williams ... Biff Miley

Robert J. Wilke ... Dan Willis

Edward Platt ... Doctor Paul Cochrane (as Edward C. Platt)
Harry Shannon ... Hoak Wayne
John Larch ... Roy Carter
Joseph Granby ... R.J. Courtney
Roy Glenn ... Sam

Maidie Norman ... Bertha

William Schallert ... Reporter
Joanne Jordan ... Brunette
Dani Crayne ... Blonde
Dorothy Porter ... Secretary
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gail Bonney ... Hotel Floorlady (uncredited)
Paul Bradley ... Maitre d' (uncredited)
Robert Brubaker ... Hotel Manager (uncredited)
Carl Christian ... Ben - Bartender (uncredited)

Kevin Corcoran ... Boy on Electric Hobbyhorse (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Policeman (uncredited)

Don C. Harvey ... Hotel Doorman (uncredited)
Phil Harvey ... College Boy at Party (uncredited)
Bert Holland ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Jane Howard ... Beer Drinker (uncredited)
Carlene King Johnson ... College Girl at Party (uncredited)
Chester Jones ... Attendant (uncredited)
Glen Kramer ... College Boy at Party (uncredited)
Robert Lyden ... Kyle as a Boy (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Malcolm ... Hotel Proprietor (uncredited)
Coleen McClatchey ... College Girl at Party (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Ralph Moratz ... Small plane attendant (uncredited)

Barry Norton ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Marylee as a Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Cynthia Patrick ... Waitress (uncredited)
Floyd Simmons ... Beer Drinker (uncredited)
Hal Taggart ... Prosecution Staff Lawyer (uncredited)
Robert Winans ... Mitch as a Boy (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Douglas Sirk 
Writing credits
George Zuckerman (screenplay)

Robert Wilder (based on the novel by)

Produced by
Albert Zugsmith .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
Art Direction by
Robert Clatworthy 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Julia Heron (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Bill Thomas (gowns)
Jay A. Morley Jr. (uncredited)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Norman Deming .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Holland .... assistant director
Wilson Shyer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Robert Pritchard .... sound
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Edward L. Sandlin .... sound editor (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Clifford Stine .... special photography
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Other crew
William Fritzsche .... Technicolor color consultant
Betty A. Griffin .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Richard Mayer .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
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99 min | UK:100 min (re-release)
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.00 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 (1989) | Finland:K-16 (1956) | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1956) | New Zealand:R16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video re-rating) (2005) | UK:PG (re-release) (re-rating) (1998) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #17932) | West Germany:6

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Kyle Hadley is driving an Allard J2X Le Mans. Allard Motors of GB built these expensive cars using American engines, using the then new and refined Cadillac 303 cubic inch (5.4 liter) V-8 and later some with the new Chrysler hemi. In the early '50's these Cadillac powerplants did well in the 24 hr. Le Mans races.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Marilee drives in a straight road in the petroleum area, but she nevertheless turns the wheel all the time.See more »
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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33 out of 45 people found the following review useful.
A dysfunctional family and a classic love triangle, 12 February 2006
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Robert Stack never really got over losing a Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his role as Kyle in "Written on the Wind" to Anthony Quinn's 12-minute performance in "Lust for Life." Stack plays the deeply disturbed, alcoholic son of an oil tycoon. He has lived his life in the shadow of the friend with whom he was raised, Mitch, played by Rock Hudson. They both love the same woman, Lucy, (Lauren Bacall), who becomes Kyle's wife. Kyle's sister, Marylee (Dorothy Malone), is a drunken slut who's in love with Mitch. Their story plays out in glorious color under the able direction of Douglas Sirk, who really dominated the melodrama field with some incredible films, including "Imitation of Life," "All that Heaven Allows," "Magnificent Obsession," and many others.

Make no mistake - this is a potboiler, and Stack and Dorothy Malone make the most of their roles, Malone winning a Best Supporting Actress Oscar. There's one amazing scene, mentioned in other comments, where she wildly dances to loud music as her father collapses and dies on the staircase. We're led to believe that Marylee sleeps with everyone, including the guy that pumps the gas, because she's in love with Mitch. Mitch wants nothing to do with her. He's so in love with Lucy that, out of loyalty to Kyle, he wants to go to work in Iran to avoid temptation. I doubt he'd be so anxious to get there today no matter how much in love he was.

Hudson and Bacall have the less exciting roles here - Hudson's Mitch is the good guy who's been cleaning up Kyle's messes for his entire life, and Bacall is Mitch's wife who finds herself in a nightmare when her husband starts drinking again after a year of sobriety. Sirk focuses on the more volatile supporting players.

In Sirk's hands, "Written on the Wind" is an effective film, and the big scene toward the end in the mansion is particularly exciting. The director had a gift for this type of movie, and though he had many imitators, he never had an equal.

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