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It took more guts to lead a troupe than to be a gunfighter.
This is a western made by George Cukor, who would not dream about making a western unless it would really be about something else. This one is about show business and I can understand how anybody working in entertainment would identify strongly with it. Anthony Quinn leads a theatrical troupe formed by Sophia Loren, Margaret O'Brien, Eileen Heckart and the legendary Ramon Novarro through the west. They are pursued by creditors and are really living on the edge. Loren, using her charms, is a big help, but this is hard for Quinn who is in love with her to accept. They come to a town and are going to perform Offenbach's 'La Belle Helene', but the owner of the theater thinks the townspeople will never accept a young woman leaving her old husband for the young Paris. Instead they do the opera 'Mazeppa'. Loren gets involved unwillingly with a gunfighter, Steve Forrest, who seems so tough compared to Anthony Quinn, but as the film goes along we start learning how much courage the whole troupe must have to remain in show business. An unusual film, with a lot of meaning.
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