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Heller in Pink Tights (1960)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1960 (USA)
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Thomas 'Tom' Healy
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Della Southby
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Clint Mabry
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Mrs. Lorna Hathaway
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De Leon
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Manfred 'Doc' Montague
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Sam Pierce
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Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade ...
Hodges
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Santis
Boyd Holister ...
McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga ...
Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder ...
Goober
Taggart Casey ...
Gunslinger #1
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Storyline

Nineteenth century Wyoming: the wild West. Mild-mannered Tom Healy has a two-wagon theater troupe hounded by creditors because Angela, his leading lady and the object of his affection, constantly buys clothes. In Cheyenne, they meet with applause, so they hope to stay awhile: the theater owner likes Angela, and she keeps him on a string. She's also the object of the attentions of Mabry, a gunslinger who's owed money by the richest man in Bonanza. Complications arise and the troupe heads for Bonanza, through hostile Indian territory. Is the troupe doomed to a peripatetic life, is Mabry in danger, and does Tom stand a chance with Angela, a hellion in pink tights? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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THE NIGHT THE KILLER WON THE HELLER IN A POKER GAME...AND MEANT TO KEEP HER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

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Release Date:

1 March 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Heller with a Gun  »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Final theatrical film for both Ramon Novarro and Edmund Lowe. See more »

Goofs

When Mabry is pursuing the wagons, shots of him from the front show his shadow going uphill to the right of screen. Shots of the wagons from the front show their shadows going to the left of the screen. This would indicate that they are going in opposite directions. See more »

Quotes

Thomas 'Tom' Healy: [upon being kissed by Angie] Is that for something you did, or something you're gonna do?
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Connections

Featured in Legends of the West (1992) See more »

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Bonanza!
29 May 2011 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This film is introduced with the words: "When the great American frontier was resounding with the names of such gunman and outlaws as Wyatt Earp, Jesse James, Bat Masterson and Doc Holliday - a beautiful and flirtatious actress swept through the west with her theatrical troupe. A 'hellion in pink tights,' she was the toast of every settlement from Cheyenne to Virginia City - and became a legend of the old west. This is her story." And, after a creative title sequence, we meet beautiful actress Sophia Loren (as Angela "Angie" Rossini) in a blonde wig, running lines with co-star Anthony Quinn (Thomas "Tom" Healy)...

As the theatrical troupe arrives to perform in Cheyenne, Ms. Loren and ruggedly handsome Steve Forrest (as Clint Mabry) exchange mutually sexy glances. However, Loren decides to remain faithful (at least temporarily) to Mr. Quinn. Their relationship is threatened when Loren loses herself to Mr. Forrest in a poker game. When Loren, Quinn and company are suddenly run out of town, Forrest joins them, protecting his "property." They are threatened by bloodthirsty Native American Indians and respectable gangster Ramon Novarro (as De Leon). Forrest helps with the Indians, but has trouble with Mr. Novarro...

Loren and Quinn are okay, but surprisingly lack chemistry as a couple. Despite his lower billing, Forrest comes across as more like the story's leading man. The supporting cast is very strong: Novarro, a former "silent screen" idol, is exceptional as the main villain; former child star Margaret O'Brien and Eileen Heckart are a delightfully naughty mother/daughter duo; and Edmund Lowe (as Manfred "Doc" Montague) is a bonus, in his last acting appearance. Director George Cukor and his team make it very stylized, with an emphasis on garish color. The film's jarring attitude was later common on television.

******* Heller in Pink Tights (1/1/60) George Cukor ~ Sophia Loren, Steve Forrest, Anthony Quinn, Ramon Novarro


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