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Director:
Writers:
Dudley Nichols (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
1 March 1960 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
One foot on the stage... And one step ahead of the law! See more »
Plot:
Story of theatrical troupe that travels through the Old West. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Sophia as Adah Mencken See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Sophia Loren ... Angela Rossini

Anthony Quinn ... Thomas 'Tom' Healy

Margaret O'Brien ... Della Southby

Steve Forrest ... Clint Mabry

Eileen Heckart ... Mrs. Lorna Hathaway

Ramon Novarro ... De Leon

Edmund Lowe ... Manfred 'Doc' Montague
George Mathews ... Sam Pierce

Edward Binns ... Sheriff Ed McClain
Warren Wade ... Hodges
Frank Silvera ... Santis
Boyd Holister ... McAllister (as Robert Palmer)
Leo V. Matranga ... Gunslinger #2
Cal Bolder ... Goober
Taggart Casey ... Gunslinger #1

Howard McNear ... Photographer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adler ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
David Armstrong ... Achilles (uncredited)
Gary Armstrong ... Office boy (uncredited)
Ruth Barnell ... Peasant (uncredited)
Ivan Bell ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
John Benson ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Charles Boaz ... Gambler (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Borzage ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Boyce ... Gambler (uncredited)
Bob Burrows ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Harry Cheshire ... Poker Player (uncredited)

Ken Clark ... Soldier Warning the Travelers (uncredited)

Iron Eyes Cody ... Indian (uncredited)
Frank Cordell ... Theodore (uncredited)
Cathy Cox ... Juno (uncredited)
Lorraine Crawford ... Madam (uncredited)
Robert Darwin ... Servant (uncredited)
Bryn Davis ... Venus (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Fleer ... Gambler (uncredited)
Joseph Forte ... Indian Agent (uncredited)
Ben Frommer ... Stage Hand (uncredited)
John George ... Cheyenne Audience Member (uncredited)
H.W. Gim ... Bartender (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Charna Haven ... Dancer in Play (uncredited)
Neil Hooker ... Gambler (uncredited)
Brad Johnson ... Poker Player (uncredited)
Rosemary Johnson ... Tightrope Walker (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Pete Kellett ... Bonanza Audience Member (uncredited)
Kenner G. Kemp ... Bonanza Audience Member (uncredited)
Colin Kenny ... Bonanza Audience Member (uncredited)
Syl Lamont ... Peasant (uncredited)
Eddie Little Sky ... Indian (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... William (uncredited)
Philo McCullough ... Bonanza Townsman (uncredited)
Jane McGowan ... Dancer in Play (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ... Gambler (uncredited)
Charles McQuarrie ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Sharon Murray ... Dancing Girl (uncredited)
Bernard Nedell ... Theatre Owner (uncredited)
Ralph Neff ... Gambler (uncredited)
Patsy Norman ... Dancer in Play (uncredited)
Al Page ... Peasant (uncredited)
'Snub' Pollard ... Cheyenne Audience Member (uncredited)
Amanda Randolph ... Edna - Mrs. Haddock's Maid (uncredited)
Fred Rapport ... Gambler (uncredited)
Rodd Redwing ... Indian (uncredited)
Bob Reeves ... Gambler (uncredited)
Tony Regan ... Casino Cashier (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Bonanza Audience Member (uncredited)
John Rockwell ... Servant (uncredited)
Riza Royce ... Peasant (uncredited)
Dick Ryan ... Bartender (uncredited)
Paul Salata ... Servant (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Poker Dealer (uncredited)
Richard Shannon ... Man at Desk (uncredited)

Cap Somers ... Bonanza Townsman (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Townsman (uncredited)
Alfred Tonkel ... Calchas (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Bill Troy ... Nobleman (uncredited)
William Vaughn ... Nobleman (uncredited)
Geraldine Wall ... Mrs. Haddock - Madam (uncredited)
Dean Williams ... Kansas Sheriff (uncredited)
Harry Wilson ... Cheyenne Townsman (uncredited)
Chief Yowlachie ... Indian (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Cukor 
 
Writing credits
Dudley Nichols (screenplay) and
Walter Bernstein (screenplay)

Louis L'Amour (novel "Heller with a Gun")

Produced by
Lewis E. Ciannelli .... associate producer
Marcello Girosi .... producer
Carlo Ponti .... producer
 
Original Music by
Daniele Amfitheatrof 
 
Cinematography by
Harold Lipstein (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Howard A. Smith  (as Howard Smith)
 
Casting by
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Gene Allen  (as Eugene Allen)
Hal Pereira 
 
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Grace Gregory 
 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair stylist supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Karl Silvera .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Lenore Weaver .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Monty Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Charles C. Coleman .... assistant director (as C.C. Coleman Jr.)
Arthur Rosson .... second unit director
Frank Kies .... assistant director (uncredited)
James A. Rosenberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles McLaughlin .... props (uncredited)
Tom Plews .... props (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
John Wilkinson .... sound recordist
R.D. Cook .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ralph Hickey .... sound editor (uncredited)
John K. Nelson .... boom operator (uncredited)
John Nostri .... mike grip (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Jan Domela .... matte artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bob Burrows .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Sophia Loren (uncredited)
Frank Cordell .... stunts (uncredited)
Bernard Nedell .... stunt double: Edmund Lowe (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Irmin Roberts .... photographer: second unit
James Grant .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Al Lane .... camera operator (uncredited)
Loren Nutten .... best boy (uncredited)
Herb Welts .... company grip (uncredited)
Stanley Williams .... gaffer (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Alice Moriarty .... casting secretary (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Ruth Stella .... costumes: ladies (uncredited)
Henry West .... costumes: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Hoyningen Huene .... color coordinator (as Hoyningen-Huene)
 
Music Department
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... conductor
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Van Cleave .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hoyningen Huene .... technical advisor (as Hoyningen-Huene)
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Val Raset .... dance stager
Warren Wade .... technical advisor on theatre scenes
Dave Davies .... publicist (uncredited)
Jacinto Flores .... interpreter: Papago (uncredited)
Rosemary Mathews .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Bob Miles .... livestock foreman (uncredited)
Al Peterson .... craft service (uncredited)
Dorothy Yutzi .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
100 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Spain:7 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (re-rating) (2005) | USA:Approved (PCA #19308) | West Germany:16

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Trivia:
Final theatrical film for both Ramon Novarro and Edmund Lowe.See more »
Quotes:
Thomas 'Tom' Healy:[upon being kissed by Angie] Is that for something you did, or something you're gonna do?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Legends of the West (1992)See more »

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20 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Sophia as Adah Mencken, 21 February 2005
Author: theowinthrop from United States

This is George Cukor's sole attempt at a western. As is typical of Cukor, instead of doing a western like Ford or Hawks or Curtiz as a look at men fighting men against pure nature backgrounds we have Cukor looking at the coming of culture to the West (here in the acting troop led by Anthony Quinn and Sophia Loren), and how it is doomed to triumph over the individualist (here Steve Forrest, a desperado who ends up accepting his defeat). It is not a great western (Ford and the others were better at that type), but it a worthy exception to the rule (Ford did deal with culture twice, using Alan Mowbray in "My Darling Clementine" and "Wagon Master" as a fading Shakespearean - although he pulls himself together in the second film). Cukor loves the theater (his one film noir, "A Double Life" is set in a theater in New York City). Here some of the most interesting things are the company rehearsing (in one scene they are putting on Offenbach's "La Belle Hellene"). But what is most interesting is their guaranteed show stopper - "Mazeppa".

It was a popular play in the middle 19th Century, based on an incident of the wars between Peter the Great and Charles XIV of Sweden. Mazeppa, a "hetman" of the Ukranian Cossacks, was captured by his enemies, tied naked to a wild horse, which was released into the forest. Mazeppa died as a result. The play was a big success for Adah Mencken, a poet and actress who was prominent in the 1860s on both sides of the Atlantic, and was briefly married to John Heenan, the leading heavyweight champ of America (bare knuckles days). To tittle-late the men in the audience she wore skin colored clothing, so that it looked like she was naked. Sophia Loren puts on similar (pink colored) tights - hence the films' title - and does the scene on a real horse and a moving stage. It certainly is interesting to see a brief glance at a 19th Century dramatic highlight, even if it seems rather silly to us today.

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