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Erskine Caldwell (novel)
Leonard Freeman (screenplay)
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Release Date:
13 April 1962 (West Germany) See more »
When she was seventeen there wasn't a man she'd let near her. When she was eighteen there wasn't one she'd keep away. See more »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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  (in credits order)
Diane McBain ... Claudelle Inglish

Arthur Kennedy ... Clyde Inglish
Will Hutchins ... Dennis Peasley
Constance Ford ... Jessie Inglish

Claude Akins ... S.T. Crawford

Frank Overton ... Harley Peasley

Chad Everett ... Linn Varner
Robert Colbert ... Rip Guyler
Ford Rainey ... Reverend Armstrong
James Bell ... Josh
Robert Logan ... Charles Henry
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Renee Aubry ... Lucille (uncredited)
Nesdon Booth ... Farmer in Peasley's Store (uncredited)
William Fawcett ... Mr. Gunson, the Postman (uncredited)
Duane Grey ... Churchgoer (uncredited)

Max Showalter ... Young Parson (uncredited)
Jan Stine ... Dave Adams (uncredited)

Hope Summers ... Ernestine Peasley (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Douglas 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Erskine Caldwell  novel
Leonard Freeman  screenplay

Produced by
Leonard Freeman .... producer
Original Music by
Howard Jackson 
Cinematography by
Ralph Woolsey (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Folmar Blangsted 
Art Direction by
Malcolm C. Bert  (as Malcolm Bert)
Set Decoration by
Alfred Kegerris  (as Alfred E. Kegerris)
Costume Design by
Howard Shoup 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Kissell .... assistant director (as William Kissel)
Sound Department
Francis E. Stahl .... sound (as Francis M. Stahl)

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99 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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It's not nice to jilt Claudelle Inglish!!!, 15 November 2000

Claudelle (Diane McBain) is the very pretty teen-aged daughter of poor sharecroppers. Mom (Constance Ford) is sick of her dreary life and wants her daughter to marry a rich man, preferably the middle-aged owner of the plantation (Claude Akins) - this way Claudelle can have all the advantages and Mom as well. But Claudelle will have none of it- she's in love with Linn (Chad Everett) and will be true - until he jilts her. So she over-reacts and decides to become the town slut and go to hell in a handbag. She puts out for every lad in town, gets a reputation, but still refuses the plantation owner. Finally, when she starts seducing the lads' dads and mom gives herself to the plantation owner, well, Dad (Arthur Kennedy) - he gets mighty depressed.

This is like watching an accident - you know it's trash but you're fascinated and can't look away. It's treated so earnestly by all concerned.

What is most striking is the beauty of the young performers. McBain does an excellent acting job, slowly changing from a sweet innocent to a hardened and cynical woman. She is also a very beautiful young starlet here. The boys (Chad Everett, Robert Logan and especially Will Hutchins) are all gorgeous and very easy on the eyes.

The Academy nominated it for a Costume Design Oscar (no one told them that there are no costumes - every single piece of contemporary clothing could have been pulled from the racks of the nearest Woolworth's - studio block voting again). However, most deserving of Academy noms were Constance Ford's excellent supporting performance as the frustrated mom and the lush musical score by Howard Jackson.

Fun to watch - but not twice.

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